Black Culture

Review – High On The Hog (Alison Crockett)

The anger and pride is spoken by the last Texan black chef when he said that we [black people] are the innovators of most everything that is beautiful and in pop culture in America right now and it has been taken, monetized and whitewashed, and exported out TO THE WORLD. It is the same anger and pride I feel as I watch white music educators teach jazz, divorcing the drum and the cultural experience from the music while still being appreciative that the music is being passed down, but just not to us. Jazz is all about putting some grease in it, sing like you eatin’ some chicken.

Genius: Aretha

As I watched these and many other such films, I wondered does oppression tell our story? To paraphrase an old Roberta Flack tune, does it strum our fate with it’s fingers and sing our lives with it’s words? These stories all are mightily burdened with another aspect of the American black experience: Racism/White Supremacy. It’s unfortunate because in order to view any of these stories one must view them through the prism which reflected the times.