The Black Power Mixtape
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The Swedish journalists' footage is nothing short of electrifying. A great deal of the footage in the first half of the film captures the rise of the Black Panther Party, which was not simply composed of gun-toting militant people, as the media so carelessly (or perhaps deliberately) portrayed. In fact, BPP members like Ericka Huggins were running community schools and trying to better the education available to Black communities; BPP initiatives like the Free Breakfast for Children programs sought to meet basic needs for Black communities. Self-defense was simply another initiative to serve the people and protect them from unwarranted brutality and violence.
Moreover, the personal interviews are astounding. A personal interview with Angela Davis as she sits in prison shows her speaking fiercely about the historical legacy of violence in Black communities. In another clip, Stokely Carmichael gently interviews his own mother as she talks about their family's dealings with racism. The intimacy and candor of these interviews and speeches grant a sense of immediacy to names that we only read about in books or hear about in class (that is, if we get the opportunity to learn about people like Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, and Huey Newton beyond a cursory overview).Read more ›
We see footage from Malcolm X and his debate, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Black Panther meetings for youth, and community members living at (or below) the poverty line. The narrative is strong, the interview passages are engaging, and the viewer gets a very raw and unfiltered sense of the darkness imposed on the people by the powers that be. Of course, it depends on who you ask. The filmmaker starts the film by interviewing a fifty year old white restauranteur, in a small East Coast town. He seems to be convinced that everyone has a good chance at eating a piece of the pie, and that there is no division amongst peoples. When we go on to see the reality of the squalor, open and close fisted racism, and the words of numerous activists who were considered modern day terrorists, for wanting to rough up the status quo - in protest of acts of inhumanity and "civil" displays of racial disparity.Read more ›
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Awesome overview of the black liberation movement. Great footage.Published 2 months ago by DeAnna Bailey
If you do not have the information contained in The Black Power Mixtape, you are not living in the same United States as those who do. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mícheál Ó Healighthe
GREAT unyielding study of so many social issues from the formative 60s/70s from an international perspectivePublished 7 months ago by michael d mazzio jr.