With tears welling in her eyes, her throat a bit constricted, Edwidge
Danticat graciously accepted the Langston Hughes Medal near the close of
a festival named after the great writer, at Aaron Davis Hall last
Melissa V. Harris-Perry is a professor of political science at Tulane
University where she is the founding director of the project on gender,
race, and politics in the South. Her previous book, Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black
Political Thought, won the 2005 W. E. B. Du Bois Book Award from the
Nat'l Conference of Black Political Scientists. Here, she reflects on her life and career and on American culture and politics while discussing her new book, Sister Citizen.
Aging and emerging activists are flocking to Black Power Mixtape, and
the very title of this documentary about the halcyon days of struggle
with commentary from contemporary rappers and musicians encapsulates the
appeal. There are many astonishing things about this one hour and forty minutes
of American history from 1967 to 1975, not the least of which that it
comes from archival footage shot by Swedish filmmakers hoping to provide
a portrait of the country during this dramatic period.