Out 24 March 2022, pre order here.
At the March on Washington in 1963, Josephine Baker was in a mood to
reflect on her life and her legacy. She had spent decades as one of the
most successful entertainers the world had ever seen, but, she told the
crowd, "I was a devil in other countries, and I was a little devil in
America, too". Inspired by these words, celebrated poet and music critic
Hanif Abdurraqib has written a profound meditation on the history of
Black performance and performers in America, in which culture, politics
and his own lived experience collide.
Each moment in each performance he examines has layers of resonance in Black and white cultures, the politics of American empire, and his own personal history of love and grief. Together they swell to an unique and urgent exaltation of Black communities, artistry, resistance and power.
A Little Devil in America : In Praise of Black Performance - Hanif Abdurraqib
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