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« Wednesday August 22, 2012 »
Start: 7:00 pm
End: 9:00 pm
DARKEST AMERICA: BLACK MINSTRELSY FROM SLAVERY TO HIP-HOP By Jake Austen  An exploration of a controversial tradition that, contrary to popular opinion, is alive and active after more than 150 years in some peoples minds. Black people performing minstrelsy remains deeply relevant to popular black entertainment, according to Jake Austen, particularly in the work of contemporary artists like Dave Chappelle, Flavor Flav, Spike Lee, Louis Armstrong and Lil Wayne. Darkest America explores the origins, heyday, and present-day manifestations of this tradition, attempting to explode the myth that it was a form of entertainment that white supremacists foisted on black people. Is injustice ever demeaning and paradoxically liberating? Come early and see if Mr. Austen can prove his point. Oh and does "America" have a color?? And if it does why not "whitest or yellowist America"?