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No other word in the English language is more endemic to contemporary Black American culture and identity than qSoulq. Since the 1960s Soul has been frequently used to market and sell music, food, and fashion. However, Soul also refers to a pervasive belief in the capacity of the Black body/spirit to endure the most trying of times in an ongoing struggle for freedom and equality. While some attention has been given to various genre manifestations of Soul-as in Soul music and food-no book has yet fully explored the discursive terrain signified by the term. In this broad-ranging, free-spirited book, a diverse group of writers, artists, and scholars reflect on the ubiquitous but elusive concept of Soul. Topics include: politics and fashion, Blaxploitation films, language, literature, dance, James Brown, and Schoolhouse Rock. Among the contributors are Angela Davis, Manning Marable, Paul Gilroy, Lyle Ashton Harris, Michelle Wallace, Ishmael Reed, Greg Tate, Manthia Diawara, and dream hampton.First of all, there wasna#39;t no church bulletin for me to doodle on. There wasna#39;t even no church really, just the second floor of her frienda#39;s private house lined with rows of fold-out chairs facing some kind of ... To someone who grew up in a huge Seventh Day Adventist church with a conventional edifice, a four-tier choir loft, anbsp;...

Author: Monique Guillory, Richard Green
Publisher:NYU Press - 1998

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