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The Resource How it feels to be free : black women entertainers and the civil rights movement, Ruth Feldstein

How it feels to be free : black women entertainers and the civil rights movement, Ruth Feldstein

Label
How it feels to be free : black women entertainers and the civil rights movement
Title
How it feels to be free
Title remainder
black women entertainers and the civil rights movement
Statement of responsibility
Ruth Feldstein
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In 1964, Nina Simone sat at a piano in New York's Carnegie Hall to play what she called a "show tune." Then she began to sing: "Alabama's got me so upset/Tennessee made me lose my rest/And everybody knows about Mississippi Goddam!" Simone, and her song, became icons of the civil rights movement. But her confrontational style was not the only path taken by black women entertainers. In How It Feels to Be Free, Ruth Feldstein examines celebrated black women performers, illuminating the risks they took, their roles at home and abroad, and the ways that they raised the issue of gender amid their demands for black liberation. Feldstein focuses on six women who made names for themselves in the music, film, and television industries: Simone, Lena Horne, Miriam Makeba, Abbey Lincoln, Diahann Carroll, and Cicely Tyson. These women did not simply mirror black activism; their performances helped constitute the era's political history. Makeba connected America's struggle for civil rights to the fight against apartheid in South Africa, while Simone sparked high-profile controversy with her incendiary lyrics. Yet Feldstein finds nuance in their careers. In 1968, Hollywood cast the outspoken Lincoln as a maid to a white family in For Love of Ivy, adding a layer of complication to the film. That same year, Diahann Carroll took on the starring role in the television series Julia. Was Julia a landmark for casting a black woman or for treating her race as unimportant? The answer is not clear-cut. Yet audiences gave broader meaning to what sometimes seemed to be apolitical performances. How It Feels to Be Free demonstrates that entertainment was not always just entertainment and that "We Shall Overcome" was not the only soundtrack to the civil rights movement. By putting black women performances at center stage, Feldstein sheds light on the meanings of black womanhood in a revolutionary time." -- Publisher's description
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1965-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Feldstein, Ruth
Dewey number
323.1196/073
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E185.86
LC item number
.F4342 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • African American women political activists
  • African American women entertainers
  • Performing arts
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • United States
Label
How it feels to be free : black women entertainers and the civil rights movement, Ruth Feldstein
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction: performing civil rights -- "The world was on fire": making New York City subcultures -- "Africa's musical ambassador": Miriam Makeba and the "voice of Africa" in the United States -- "More than just a jazz performer": Nina Simone's border crossings -- "No one asks me what I want": black women, Hollywood, and "integration narratives" in the late 1960s -- "So beautiful in those rags": Cicely Tyson and African American history in the 1970s -- Epilogue
Control code
856518353
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
296 pages
Isbn
9780195314038
Lccn
2013019878
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
How it feels to be free : black women entertainers and the civil rights movement, Ruth Feldstein
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction: performing civil rights -- "The world was on fire": making New York City subcultures -- "Africa's musical ambassador": Miriam Makeba and the "voice of Africa" in the United States -- "More than just a jazz performer": Nina Simone's border crossings -- "No one asks me what I want": black women, Hollywood, and "integration narratives" in the late 1960s -- "So beautiful in those rags": Cicely Tyson and African American history in the 1970s -- Epilogue
Control code
856518353
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
296 pages
Isbn
9780195314038
Lccn
2013019878
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations

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