Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic

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Overview

In Soul Babies, Mark Anthony Neal explains the complexities and contradictions of black life and culture after the end of the Civil Rights era. He traces the emergence of what he calls a "post-soul aesthetic," a transformation of values that marked a profound change in African American thought and experience. Lively and provocative, Soul Babies offers a valuable new way of thinking about black popular culture and the legacy of the sixties.
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Publishers Weekly
From Sanford and Son to Snoop Doggy Dog, Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic looks at the last three decades of black images and representations. State University of New York, Albany, professor of English and Africana Studies Mark Anthony Neal focuses on the way that music, film and television were altered on the one hand by integration and on the other hand by the pessimism and social unrest among black Americans in the '70s and '80s. Neal also discusses the work of young black intellectuals of the "post-soul" generation, the first to be part of an integrated yet increasingly isolated academy. ( Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Neal (African American studies & English, SUNY, Albany; What the Music Said: Black Popular Music & Black Popular Culture) has written a provocative study of African American popular culture since the Black Power and Civil Rights era. Using his wide knowledge of popular culture and political events, he argues that the media's integration of blacks in the 1960s, with television shows like Julia and I Spy, was at best a partial bow. Introducing a new concept of "Post-Soul Aesthetic" to black cultural criticism, Neal thoughtfully asserts that contemporary black culture, especially rap and hip-hop music, provides a much more satisfying and varied, if often ambiguous and problematic, mirror of black values and models. His sources range from music to comic strips like Boondocks to comedians like Eddie Murphy. This is a very important work, marred only by a tendency to use too much postmodernist jargon, which will discourage general readers. Recommended for large academic libraries. A.O. Edmonds, Ball State Univ., Muncie, IN Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415926577
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Anthony Neal is Associate Professor of Black Popular Culture in the Program in African and African-American Studies at Duke University. Neal is the author of What the Music Said, Soul Babies, and Songs in the Key of Black Life, all published by Routledge.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 "You Remind Me of Something": Toward a Post-Soul Aesthetic 1
2 Sweetback's Revenge: Gangsters, Blaxploitation, and Black Middle-Class Identity 23
3 Baby Mama (Drama) and Baby Daddy (Trauma): Post-Soul Gender Politics 57
4 The Post-Soul Intelligentsia: Mass Media, Popular Culture, and Social Praxis 99
5 Native Tongues: Voices of the Post-Soul Intelligentsia 131
Epilogue. A Soul Baby in Real Time: Encountering Generation Hip-Hop on Campus 175
Notes 195
Selected Bibliography 207
Index 211
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