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Part of the series The Black Book

Behind the Groove: From Soul Power & the Black Arts Movement to Post Hip-hop Aesthetics

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Through film clips, TV snippets, and music samples, the critic Ernest Hardy and the writer Tisa Bryant explore the evolution of Black representation in popular culture, from issues of class, gender, and sexuality, to the way vocabularies of speech and the body shifted as the soul music soundtrack gave way to hip-hop’s beats and grooves.

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