Monday, January 24, 2011

Amy Goodman Interviews Danny Glover On "The Black Power Mixtape"

My personal favorite from this weekend was, hands down, The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975. In addition to its aesthetic and technical marvels, I thought it was especially relevant in light of recent national questions about radical politics, violence, and information/digital intelligence (e.g., WikiLeaks) and the failure of the radical Left. I'm interested in a conversation about these things, but wasn't sure immediately after the screening about how to format those kinds of questions.

Democracy Now! came to Utah and Amy Goodman sat down with Danny Glover, who (I didn't know) produced the film. He talks a bit about the new Stokely Carmichael footage and elaborates on the history of Harry Belafonte and Dr. King and their ties to Sweden. Then he talks about his own "black art" black power activism as a student in 1967 and community organization, and the conversation links it all to President Obama, terrorism and the recent violence in Tuscon, the return of "Baby Doc" Duvalier, and finally, why we need documentaries today. They also look at the Angela Davis interview.

Click here for the clip. The site also includes a rush transcript.

So fascinating! Thoughts, anyone?

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