Framing the Black Panthers: The Spectacular Rise of a Black Power Icon
A fascinating look at how the Black Panthers became symbols of black militancy in America."They've been calling us niggers, thugs, and hoodlums for 400 years, that ain't gon' hurt me, I'm going to check out what these brothers is doing."Bobby Seale in 1967The Sixties may be over, but the... show more
A fascinating look at how the Black Panthers became symbols of black militancy in America."They've been calling us niggers, thugs, and hoodlums for 400 years, that ain't gon' hurt me, I'm going to check out what these brothers is doing."Bobby Seale in 1967The Sixties may be over, but the Black Panthersthe ultimate symbol of black power, radical inspiration, and the excesses of the decadelive on. Books on the Panthers continue to be written, hip-hop artists continue to draw inspiration from them, and so many films are made about the Panthers that there is now an annual Black Panther film festival.In Framing the Black Panthers, cultural historian Jane Rhodes examines the extraordinary staying power of the Panthers in the American imagination by probing their relationship to the media. Rhodes argues that once the media and pop culture latched onto the small, militant group, the Panthers became adept at exploiting and manipulating this coveragethrough pamphlets, buttons, posters, ubiquitous press appearances, and photo opspioneering a sophisticated version of mass media activism. Paradoxically, the news media participated in the government campaign to eradicate the Panthers while simultaneously elevating them to a celebrity status that remains long after their demise.Lucidly written and featuring many never-before-published photographs, Framing the Black Panthers is a breakthrough reconsideration of a fascinating phenomenon that is sure to receive wide attention.
Publish date: November 1st 2007
Publisher: New Press, The
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
Framing the Black Panthers by Jane Rhodes "To be black and conscious in America is to be in a constant state of rage." --Eldridge Cleaver The Black Panthers are one of the most simultaneously notorious and least-understood movements in American history. It is impossible to analyze the Black Pant...