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Black History and Culture Bundle
In the RU Black History and Culture Bundle you’ll get an overview of the history of the idea of “race”, and why it’s essentially a fictional concept. You’ll also learn from scholar Kamasi Hill about the history of African American culture in general and the history of Hip-Hop in particular. Finally, you’ll gain access to Kamasi’s upcoming course on the Blaxploitation film genre, being presented in January, 2022.
Included in This Bundle
The Blaxploitation genre of film, one of the most popular forms of entertainment among African Americans of the time, radically challenged the integrationist norms of the civil rights movement. The NAACP derided the films as “proliferating offenses” that would set back the mission of achieving full citizenship for African Americans. But in addition to being enormously popular among black audiences, Blaxploitation films have been hailed by some for being the first in American cinema to portray black characters as heroes rather than sidekicks, villains, or victims of oppression. Blaxploitation films, which were the first to feature soundtracks of funk and soul music, have also been praised for their realistic portrayal of urban ghettos and for presenting black culture as complex, diverse, and full of pleasures forbidden in formal America. In this 3-part webinar, being presented in January, 2022, you will join Kamasi Hill in an examination of seven of the most influential and important Blaxploitation films, as well as their legacies in American culture
Race: The History of an Idea
In this course, you’ll be guided by Thaddeus Russell in an examination of the origins of the idea of “races” of human beings in the United States. The concept of “race”, largely a fictional concept, was deployed over two centuries in efforts to conquer, exterminate, civilize, and assimilate various “races” of people both inside the U.S. and across the world. This is the history of a concept.
Talkin’ Shit: The History of African-American Culture
This course, co-taught by Kamasi Hill and Thaddeus Russell, examines the origins and ascendancy of the most loved, hated, and powerful popular culture in American history. Over the last two centuries the cultural forms created by American slaves and their descendants have been welcomed and often worshipped in nearly every country in the world. This is a course other universities wouldn’t dare to offer: a politically incorrect, renegade history of black America.
Talkin’ Shit: The History of Hip-Hop
This course examines the origins and rise of one of the most prolific yet misunderstood forms of popular culture in American history. Throughout its rise from the streets of the South Bronx to global pre-eminence, hip-hop has consistently challenged the norms of “respectable” society with its relentless critique of authority and hierarchies, volatile discourse, and unabashed celebrations of material culture and the pleasures of the body. In this course, you’ll be guided by Kamasi Hill through an analysis of hip-hop as an art form. You’ll dig into the content and impact of hip-hop’s artists and songs, explore its impact on society, and examine what it reveals about the culture and world we live in.