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Introduction to Part VI


The politics of representation and black cultural production are sources of reflection that have generated a great deal of discussion in African-American philosophy. Hortense Spillers's observation that the Harlem Renaissance followed a prior history of resistance in the nineteenth century that was organized around culture is a reminder that this legacy has a contemporary cultural manifestation – particularly in music, film, literature, and sports. Leonard Harris discusses the social context from which the so-called “New Negro” emerged. Lorenzo Simpson and Clyde Taylor challenge the claims of Eurocentric aesthetic theory regarding the status of jazz and black cinema as art forms. T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting andTrudier Harris-Lopez critically examine the ideological function of narratives dealing with interracial rape and lynching. Richard Shusterman discusses the pragmatic orientation of rap music as an art form, while Bill Lawson discusses the political implications of the ideology expressed in rap lyrics. Gerald Early explores the history of race and sport in America to show the influence of a new kind of “romantic racialism” on certain cultural values that have been internalized by black youth. Many of the questions arising from their reflections on African-American aesthetic and cultural practices have political implications that illuminate a relationship between subordination ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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