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30 Years of Fear of a Black Planet (1990)
November 18, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm CST
If you browse any of the Black Lives Matter playlists trending on Spotify, you’re sure to find Public Enemy and their Black power anthem “Fight the Power” high in the cue. If music is a source of your ‘woke’ education in the year 2020 – and why shouldn’t it be? — then there’s no better place to start than Public Enemy’s 1990 masterpiece, Fear of a Black Planet, which helped lead a revival of black consciousness in hip hop and beyond.
What makes this album so significant politically and so engaging musically? How did particular songs fulfill the group’s mission to “reach the bourgeois and rock the boulevard,” as Chuck D rapped in an earlier song? How are these songs in dialogue with our present moment and how are current artists answering the call PE issued 30 years ago? Black scholars and hip-hop fans Ya’Ke Smith, Richard Reddick, Christen Smith and Roger Reeves will hold forth on these and other questions in this virtual listening session and roundtable discussion, Wednesday, Nov. 18. JOIN US!
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