The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

5 Sep

I wanted to highlight a documentary by Swedish filmmaker Göran Hugo Olsson The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 which examines the development of the Black Power Movement. The Black Power Movement (BPM) was a political movement that surfaced in the mid-1960s  to create racial pride and self-reliance within the black community. This new political agenda, sprang out of black Americans’ frustrations with the inadequate efforts of the peaceful civil rights movement to alter their social political, and economic conditions. Although this new militant philosophy challenged white supremacy, it embraced patriarchy ultimately undercutting anti-racist efforts and erroneously positioning black women as the enemies of black men (hooks, bell.  Salvation: Black People and Love. p.134).

As someone who’s studied the BPM, I’m curious to see how Olsson executes the piece. Oftentimes the past is viewed through rose-colored glasses of nostalgia, with careful and critical examination discarded. We shall see …

The film was co-produced by Danny Glover and includes commentary by Sonia Sanchez, Angela Davis, Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, Harry Belafonte, and Kathleen Cleaver, and Angela Davis just to name a few. It’s showing in DC on 9/30 at E Street Cinema.

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