The Black Power Mixtape Captures An Important Period In Black History in America

Posted by Billyjam, January 27, 2012 04:59pm | Post a Comment
The Black Power Mixtape trailer

Welcome to the kick-off of the 2012 Black History Month Amoeblog series in which, over the upcoming month of February 2012, we will honor Black History Month via a series of blogs covering an array of black history and culture pieces from the various Amoeblog contributors. This latest Amoeblog series will continue the tradition of honoring Black History Month here on the Amoeblog not just in February but all year round with pieces such as Eric Brightwell's thought-provoking Happy MLK Day. Yo, whatever happened to peace? Amoeblog from two weeks ago. Eric Brighwell will be among the many of us Amoebloggers posting articles on Black History Month. Oakland author / journalist / broadcaster JR Valrey, who was recently profiled here on the Amoeblog about his latest book Block Reportin', will be a guest Amoeblogger for Black History Month and contribute an article on his views on black history and culture titled The Black Experience Study Guide: My Top 7 Books, Movies, and Albums for Black History Month. I plan on posting several Black History Month 2012 Amoeblogs including this one on the highly recommended, recently released The Black Power Mixtape DVD.

If you only purchase one item in honor of this year's Black History Month, I highly recommend that it be this excellent archival piece of black history in America by Goran Hugo Olsson titled The Black Power Mixtape 1967- 1975. This "mixtape" is actually a DVD of the movie that culled long lost film footage gathered decades ago (but not seen in 30 years) by Swedish television journalists. The DVD re-presents the footage from a contemporary vantage point, looking through the eyes of both people who were around in those times and the next generation of folks who were directly affected by the Black Power movement.

The voices of contemporary music figures like Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, and Questlove from The Roots all compliment the footage that these bygone era Swedish television journalists painstakingly documented in the unfolding cultural revolution of black history in the 1960s and 1970s. What is so special about this footage is that it becomes clear that the filmmakers were  entrusted with all-access passes to places and people and, in so doing, got some incredible footage as seen from the above trailer for the film. These included such important figures as Angela Davis, the Black Panthers' founders Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale, and the SNCC's Stokely Carmichael.

Abiodun Oyewole, John Forte, and Robin Kelley are among the other voices that offer narration and commentary to this most edutaining presentation of black history in the 1960's/1970's civil rights eras. The Black Power Mixtape DVD (Mpi Home Video) is available at Amoeba Music's three locations (Berkeley, San Francisco, Hollywood) as well as on the Amoeba online store.

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