A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance
ISBN: 1984801198
EAN13: 9781984801197
Language: English
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Random House

A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance

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Book Overview
Race, history, culture, and entertainment collide in this bracing and personal examination of black performance and the complicated, ongoing legacy of blackface and minstrel shows--from the New York Times bestselling author of Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest Author and poet Hanif Abdurraqib became fascinated by clips of black minstrel entertainers like William Henry Lane, better known as Master Juba. Knowing there was something more complicated and deep-seated in the history and legacy of minstrelsy, Abdurraqib found questions and tensions that remain startlingly relevant to black entertainers across popular culture today. They Don't Dance No Mo' is an urgent project, unraveling all modes and methods of black performance in this moment when black performers at all different levels are coming to terms with their value, reception, and immense impact on America. Beginning with black minstrels like Master Juba and tracing that seed through current types of performance such as acting, sports, writing, comedy, and music, this is a personal exploration of the history of black performance in the United States.