AASP202-Journals 6-10

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Matt Hines AASP202 Journals 6-10 6. Adam Gussow “If Bessie Smith Had Killed Some White People…” In “If Bessie Smith Had Killed Some White People: Racial Legacies, the Blues Revival, and the Black Arts Movement,” author Adam Gussow analyzes the relationship between the blues revival in the late 60s and early 70s, and the black arts movement which arose in the same era. Gussow discusses on how, on the surface, the blues revival seems to be in direct contrast with the ideals of the black arts movement. However, Gussow comes to the conclusion that the blues revival may not be a bad thing from a black arts movement perspective. In order to evidence his argument, Gussow uses prominent figures from the black arts movement such as Larry Neal to establish the ideological similarities between the blues and the cultural works of the black arts movement. Both emphasis racial pride and are responses to the oppression faced by African-Americans. Thus, Gussow asserts that the blues revival, which was heavily influenced by white youths, is a way for the larger society to further understand black culture and consciousness. I thought that Gussow’s argument was interesting and appealing. I had never considered the relationship between the black arts movement and the blues revival in the way that Gussow outlines. 7. WEB DuBois “Criteria of Negro Art” “Criteria of Negro Art” is a speech made by WEB Dubois in June, 1926. In his speech, DuBois emphasizes the need for black art to be judged by African-Americans and not whites, who dominated the judging of cultural production. In this scenario, DuBois argues that the white conceptualization of beauty is different from the black thus creating a one sided, white cultural reproduction. Once DuBois establishes this idea, he begins to give examples of black artists
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This note was uploaded on 10/17/2011 for the course AASP 202 taught by Professor Choflet during the Fall '10 term at Maryland.

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