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Watch Angela Davis Offer Her Own Perspective On "The Black Power Mixtape" Documentary

by Emmanuel Akitobi
January 21, 2012 12:39 PM
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It's a film you've likely read about numerous times on this site, but only because The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 continues to generate news almost weekly.  This week, PBS' The Independent Lens released a video clip of one the film's subjects, activist Angela Davis, speaking on how she felt as she viewed The Black Power Mixtape.

Davis was part of The Independent Lens' January press-tour panel, which served as a lead-in to PBS' Black History Month line-up that Tambay told us about HERE.

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  • Donella | January 24, 2012 3:20 PMReply

    I can't remember. Has the life of Angela Davis ever been put on-screen? If not, it should. Spike Lee?

  • Tired of Spike | January 25, 2012 11:19 AM

    Why him? Why do some of you continue to think that this guy is the only director who can handle such a project? And must it be a black director? Why not get the BEST director for the job?

  • lil nut | January 21, 2012 2:52 PMReply

    damn. is it just me or do black folk just seem so much more conscious back in the day?

  • lil nut | January 23, 2012 4:12 PM

    ashe! black people STAND UP!

  • jmac | January 22, 2012 1:02 AM

    Better observation is where did that complacency come from? Their generation was the one who was "conscious" but they were also the ones who passed down (or didn't pass down) their attitudes to the next generation. Like the post a few days back about black men and why didn't the earlier generation provide a blueprint for the younger men to follow. The breakdown didn't just happen spontaneously w/ no roots in the past.

  • MO | January 21, 2012 8:33 PM

    Of course. Just look at the people. Anglea, Nikki, Stokely, Ali, Malcom, Kareem, Jim Brown, Harry B., Dick Gregory and many many others were regular features in the community and the campuses in the 70s. Nation building was on everyone's mind then. We now have a generation of followers and who are complacent about their surroundings.

  • BluTopaz | January 21, 2012 5:30 PM

    nope it's not just you. Today I spent an afternoon with a good friend who grew up during the 1960's; and most of the convo was her explaining how Black people back then would NOT stand for a lot of the bs we dismiss with an okey doke now.

    Professor Davis is such a legend (love to see her smiling while talking about her young days), I really enjoyed this clip, Emmanuel.

  • LeonRaymond | January 21, 2012 5:26 PM

    No it's not just you, we were much more conscious back in the day!!!

  • Neziah | January 21, 2012 2:25 PMReply

    Love Angela!

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