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AFRICAN AMERICANS AND POPULAR CULTURE,

AFRICAN AMERICANS AND POPULAR CULTURE, - 08 edition

AFRICAN AMERICANS AND POPULAR CULTURE, - 08 edition

ISBN13: 9780275989224

ISBN10: 0275989224

AFRICAN AMERICANS AND POPULAR CULTURE, by Boyd todd - ISBN 9780275989224
Edition: 08
Copyright: 2008
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Published:
International: No
AFRICAN AMERICANS AND POPULAR CULTURE, by Boyd todd - ISBN 9780275989224

ISBN13: 9780275989224

ISBN10: 0275989224

Edition: 08
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Summary

The African American influence on popular culture is among the most sweeping and lasting this country has seen. Even amid a history of institutionalized racism, black artists, entertainers, and entrepreneurs forged deep relationships within American popular culture. Pioneers such as Oscar Michaeux, Paul Robeson, Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Langston Hughes, Bill ''Bojangles'' Robinson, and Ella Fitzgerald paved the way for Jackie Robinson, Louis Armstrong, James Baldwin, Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali, Sidney Poitier, and Bill Cosby, who in turn opened the door for Spike Lee, Dave Chappelle, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, Tiger Woods, and Michael Jordan. Today, hip-hop is the most powerful element of youth culture; white teenagers outnumber blacks as purchasers of rap music; black-themed movies are regularly successful at the box office, and black writers have been anthologized and canonized right alongside white ones. Though there are still many more miles to travel and much to overcome, this three-volume set considers the multifaceted influence of African Americans on popular culture, and sheds new light on the ways in which African American culture has come to be a fundamental and lasting part of America itself.