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BLACKING-UP

“As we continue our commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War’s Battle of Atlanta we hope to expand the discussion of how the changes that occurred as a result of that war changed the course of our country and our people,” states Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “In dealing with racial issues and economic challenges, it’s interesting to look at how different groups express themselves through art and music. Join us at the Atlanta Cyclorama for a free screening of the documentary Blacking Up: Hip-Hop’s Remix of Race on June 5 at 7 pm as we explore the Hip-Hop culture.

African American and Latino youth created Hip-Hop more than thirty years ago. The reasons were varied but were partially in response to racial oppression, economic marginalization, and as a means of expression and a way to talk about their culture and their lives.  The genre is now embraced by youth the world over and has become part of mainstream youth culture in the United States.

Blacking Up: Hip-Hop’s Remix of Race and Identity examines the popularity of Hip-Hop among America’s white youth and explores the roots of this admiration. Are white youth looking for ways to transcend race, or is this another point along the continuum of stereotyping, mimicry and cultural appropriation?  Within a larger context, Blacking Up explores racial identity and authenticity in the United States.

Blacking Up addresses the legacy of blackface performers such as Al Jolson. In addition, jazz figures like the “hipster” and rock and roll icons like Elvis Presley and the Rolling Stones are considered within a broader context of white appropriation of black cultural expression.

Throughout the documentary there is insightful commentary by African American cultural critics such as Amiri Baraka and Nelson George, and Hip-Hop figures including Chuck D and Russell Simmons.

“A much needed anecdote to much of the unsophisticated analysis of youth culture that floods our airways and our newspapers. ‘Blacking Up’ wrestles with the ambiguity and the consequence of cultural borrowing.”  Lonnie Bunch, National Museum of African American History & Culture

Here’s a sneak preview of Blacking Up: Hip-Hop’s Remix of Race and Identityhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypVo5kZ8u_c

The screening of Blacking Up: Hip Hop’s Remix of Race and Identity is being presented in partnership with Urban Film Review.  After the film, historian and educator Nasir Muhammad will lead the audience in a facilitated dialogue.   Mr. Muhammad has written and lectured about Morehouse College history, Dr. Georgia Dwelle, Dinah Watts Pace, Theodore “Tiger” Flowers and David T. Howard, among others.

The Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum opened in Grant Park in 1921. The building contains the largest oil painting in the world. The circular painting, known as a “cyclorama,” is 42 feet high X 358 feet long, and depicts the entire series of conflicts which encompass the Battle of Atlanta. The centerpiece of the museum is the Texas, the locomotive that won the Civil War adventure called the “The Great Locomotive Chase.” The museum also features uniforms, guns & artillery, maps and other artifacts. Tours of the Cyclorama take place throughout the day and include stadium seating for patrons on a revolving platform which affords a 360° view while they listen to details of the exciting events depicted in the painting.

The Atlanta Cyclorama is conveniently located near downtown Atlanta, in Historic Grant Park, at 800 Cherokee Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30315. Our beautiful terrace, historical lobby and state-of-the-art theater are available for rental for your club meetings, wedding receptions, birthday celebrations, graduation and anniversary parties!  “Like” us on Facebook for the latest updates: http://on.fb.me/1f1ImC7.  For more information and to plan your visit: www.atlantacyclorama.org.

Atlanta Cyclorama Screens Blacking Up: Hip-Hop’s Remix of Race and Identity was originally published on atlantadailyworld.com

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