Synopses & Reviews
"Addressing what might be thought of as standard historical and contemporary subjects with startlingly radical means. . . . Göran Hugo Olsson's Black Power Mixtape 19671975 is a collage of archival footage recorded in America, mostly by Swedish journalists, in the era of African American militancy. The images, accompanied by present-day voice-over reflections from historians, rappers, artists, and veterans of the era's racial politics, offer revelations about events and personalities we thought we understood completely."The New York Times
"We have much to learn from these visionary organizers who sought to redefine and re-imagine democracy, whose sense of empowerment derived from the belief that the people could be the architects for change."Danny Glover, from the preface
Here is the Black Power movement as you've never seen it. Powerful interviews, including extended material, with Stokely Carmichael and Angela Davis; whole new sections on Huey P. Newtown, who was cut from the film almost entirely; Shirley Chisholm, who does not appear in the film at all; and material on the defense campaign for Joan Little, a very controversial and successful activist campaign that was one of the first Angela Davis took up out of prison. The book will introduce a new generation to the legacy of Black Power.
Includes new commentary by: Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, Harry Belafonte, Kathleen Cleaver, Angela Davis, Robin Kelley, Abiodun Oyewole, Sonia Sanchez, Bobby Seale, and Questlove.
Olsson offers this photo-essay of the United States Black Powermovement, narrated by Swedish filmmakers, containing supplements to what was included in the film of the same name. The book is organizedchronologically and, within each year section from 1967-1975, contains pastiched perspectives on many leaders and prominent figuresof the movement, including their biographies, quotes, opinions on other figures, and commentary from contemporaries and more recentAfrican American celebrities, as well as content unassociated with a specific personality but drawing on archival material to paint aportrait of a neighborhood or historical controversy. The last pages present twenty-first century commentary.Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
The Black Power Mixtape 19671975
is an extraordinary window into the black freedom struggle in the United States, offering a treasure trove of fresh archival information about the Black Power movement from 1967 to 1975 and vivid portraits of some of its most dynamic participants, including Angela Davis and Stokely Carmichael.
"This powerful book linked to the poignant film is a grand contribution to our understanding of contemporary America."
About the Author
Danny Glover: Actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover has been a presence on screen and television for more than 25 years. As an actor, his film credits range from the Lethal Weapon franchise to smaller independent features, some of which Glover also produced, as he did The Black Power Mixtape film.
Göran Olsson: Born in Sweden in 1965, Göran Olsson studied film at university and art school in Stockholm and subsequently worked as a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer. The Black Power Mixtape is his third feature film.
Angela Davis: Angela Davis is an American political activist, scholar, and author. Davis was politically active during the late 1960s through the 1970s and was associated with the Communist Party USA, the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Panther Party. Davis was a political prisoner and is now a world-renowned scholar and author of Are Prisons Obsolete?
Stokely Carmichel: Stokely Carmichel (1941-1998), later known as Kwame Ture, was a civil rights activist prominent in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committing (SNCC). Carmichel later coined the phrase "Black Power," publishing a book of the same name with Charles Hamilton in 1967.