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Entertaining race : performing Blackness in America / Michael Eric Dyson.

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  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Detroit Lakes Public Library 305.896 DYS (Text) 33500013500517 New Available -
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250135971
  • ISBN: 1250135974
  • Physical Description: x, 530 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2021.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: Command performance -- The arts. I love music: on the concert stage ; Do you see what I see?: in the photograph ; Act like you know: in the theater ; Represent: on the silver screen -- Religion. Holy hallways: in divinity school ; Do you hear what I hear?: God in the public square ; I love to tell the story: in the pulpit ; Eulogizing ancestors: in the grieving sanctuary -- Bodies in motion. Balling out: in the arena ; To live up to their own constitution: in politics ; Cooler than the other side of the pillow: in Black masculine style -- The life of the mind. Class notes: at the lectern ; Think about it: in the study -- Talk back. Tete-a-tete: in conversatin with the younger generation ; Battling brains: on the debate state -- Publics. The right address: speeches on the public state ; The right of the people peaceably to assembly: protest orations ; Read the papers!: opinion pages ; Graduated tax: on the commencement stage.
Summary, etc.:
"For more than thirty years, Michael Eric Dyson has played a prominent role in the nation as a public intellectual, university professor, cultural critic, social activist and ordained Baptist minister. He has presented a rich and resourceful set of ideas about American history and culture. Now for the first time he brings together the various components of his multihued identity and eclectic pursuits. Entertaining Race is a testament to Dyson's consistent celebration of the outsized impact of African American culture and politics on this country. Black people were forced to entertain white people in slavery, have been forced to entertain the idea of race from the start, and must find entertaining ways to make race an object of national conversation. Dyson's career embodies these and other ways of performing Blackness, and in these pages, ranging from 1991 to the present, he entertains race with his pen, voice and body, and occasionally, alongside luminaries like Cornel West, David Blight, Ibram X. Kendi, Master P, MC Lyte, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Alicia Garza, John McWhorter, and Jordan Peterson. Most of this work will be new to readers, a fresh light for many of his long-time fans and an inspiring introduction for newcomers. Entertaining Race offers a compelling vision from the mind and heart of one of America's most important and enduring voices"-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 October #1
    Spanning three decades, this new collection by celebrated scholar, minister, public intellectual, and prolific writer Dyson is a holistic look into his commentary on Black culture, entertainment, and politics in America and beyond. The introduction details a harrowing account of the murder of an enslaved girl by a ship's captain for refusing to participate in the entertainment of her captors (and his subsequent acquittal). Dyson presents this as an illustration of the "imprint of these struggles and tensions" on present-day Black performance. What follows is an excellent set of ruminations that examine the resulting pressures and scrutiny of Black entertainment, honor the endurance and beauty of Black artistry, and reach into political history and analysis. Whether considering Leonard Freed's "portraits of social possibility" or expounding on the importance of academics connecting with popular culture, Dyson's essays and writings address a rich assortment of thought-provoking topics. Separated into sections covering such areas as the arts, religion, notable public speeches, academics, and many more, this volume offers an expansive and accessible overview of the inquiries of an important social and cultural thinker. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 October #1
    Spanning three decades, this new collection by celebrated scholar, minister, public intellectual, and prolific writer Dyson is a holistic look into his commentary on Black culture, entertainment, and politics in America and beyond. The introduction details a harrowing account of the murder of an enslaved girl by a ship's captain for refusing to participate in the entertainment of her captors (and his subsequent acquittal). Dyson presents this as an illustration of the "imprint of these struggles and tensions" on present-day Black performance. What follows is an excellent set of ruminations that examine the resulting pressures and scrutiny of Black entertainment, honor the endurance and beauty of Black artistry, and reach into political history and analysis. Whether considering Leonard Freed's "portraits of social possibility" or expounding on the importance of academics connecting with popular culture, Dyson's essays and writings address a rich assortment of thought-provoking topics. Separated into sections covering such areas as the arts, religion, notable public speeches, academics, and many more, this volume offers an expansive and accessible overview of the inquiries of an important social and cultural thinker. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

<b>MICHAEL ERIC DYSON</b>—Distinguished University Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies, College of Arts & Science, and of Ethics and Society, Divinity School, and NEH Centennial Chair at Vanderbilt University—is one of America’s premier public intellectuals and the author of numerous <i>New York Times </i>bestsellers including <i>Tears We Cannot Stop</i>, <i>What Truth Sounds Like</i>, <i>JAY-Z</i>, and <i>Long Time Coming</i>. A winner of the 2018 nonfiction Southern Book Prize, Dr. Dyson is also a recipient of two NAACP Image awards and the 2020 Langston Hughes Festival Medallion. Former president Barack Obama has noted: “Everybody who speaks after Michael Eric Dyson pales in comparison.”

Subject: African Americans > Social conditions.
African Americans > Social life and customs.
African Americans in popular culture.
African Americans > Intellectual life.
African American arts.
Popular culture > United States.
United States > Civilization > African American influences.
United States > Race relations.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / American / African American & Black Studies.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional / African American & Black.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs.
African American arts.
African Americans in popular culture.
African Americans > Intellectual life.
African Americans > Social conditions.
African Americans > Social life and customs.
Civilization > African American influences.
Popular culture.
Race relations.
United States.
Genre: Essays.
Essays.
Essays.

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