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The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975


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Video clips of gold! Nostalgia for some. An introduction to activism for others.

The Black Power Mixtape is a glimpse into an era many seem to have forgotten – the Black Power Movement of the 60s.

In The Black Power Mixtape, Swedish journalists display never before seen footage of popular Black Power activists such as Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, Louis Farrakhan, Sonia Sanchez, Malcolm X and others.

These rare clips are chronologically organized and narrated by entertainers influenced by the movement. Stars like Erykah Badu, Harry Belafonte, Talib Kweli, Danny Glover, Ahmir-Khalib Thompson of The Roots, and others weigh in on pivotal events.

From J. Edgar Hoover’s alleged flooding of the Black community with heroin, to neutralize activism, to Feminists group’s adoption of successful Black Power techniques, a lot of interesting history is noted in this film.

Talib Kweli recounts how renting a speech of Stokely Carmichael won him a strange visit from the F.B.I  It showed how powerful Carmichael’s speeches were, and are today, said Kweli.

Also unique about this video is it shows the human side of often vilified activists. You quickly learn they were far more common than those politicized images of them raising black fists. Viewers witness clips of activists laughing, playing and socializing.

“When we allow others to write our history, we get written out.  We get our noses blown off,” says Erykah Badu.

Overall, I love this film.  Not because it captures the whole of the Black Power movement;  it doesn’t.  There were points key left out.  Nevertheless, I’m a fan because  this film revives useful conversation.  The talk of where we have been; how we got there; and re-focuses us on where we should be going.

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Directors: Göran Olsson   Writers: Göran Olsson

Genre: Documentary

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