Saturday, January 26, 2013

Documentary Suggestion of The Week - The Black Power Mixtape

A new feature of the blog will be a weekly suggestion of cool documentaries that I feel you should check out. They will usually be easily accessible through Netflix or Youtube. To start this segment off right I am suggesting The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975. The documentary consists of footage shot by Swedish reporters from the year of 1967-1975. The film is broken down into nine chapters taking a look at the events of each year. What is interesting about the picture is that it done from the point of view of foreign journalist. Most of the literature or film about this time in our history was done by white or black Americans.

The film features figures such as Stokely Carmichael, Angela Davis and Eldridge Cleaver. The landmark events of the time such as the King assassination, the Attica uprising and Vietnam War are all looked at through the eyes of these journalist. There is commentary from people like Angela Davis and Harry Belafonte who were around and participating in the Black Power Movement. There is also some real good commentary from Talib Kweli, Questlove and Eryka Badu who represent the generation that followed the movement. With an incredible music playing in the backdrop this is a must watch.


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