“Black is beautiful, but Black is not power. Knowledge is power.”

The Black Power Mixtape (1967-1975) by Swedish director, Göran Hugo Olsson, highlights America during the height of the Black Power Movement in America. The film captures the years between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination and the fall of President Richard Nixon. There’s informative commentary from Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, and several others. I have yet to see the film, but have heard nothing but rave reviews in its honesty. I have found that reporting racial issues in the Mississippi Delta is often taboo. However, it appears that foreign journalists are able to reveal truths about America as a whole that many here are not willing to approach. I make no apologies for sharing this piece of history. In short, The Black Power Mixtape (1967-1975) appears to be a rather fascinating documentary and should open the floor for discussion about our country’s future.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” -George Santayana, 1863–1953, American philosopher

About Mario Strong

Celebrating blues culture and promoting roots music worldwide. Fully engaged in an ongoing personal campaign towards raising social awareness and promoting a healthy consciousness throughout the Mississippi Delta. View all posts by Mario Strong

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