Sunday, March 10, 2013

A Timeline of Select Inspiration for Black Males, 1977 - 1997

My upcoming presentation will highlight inspiring moments and creative models in the lives four black men writers, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Aaron McGruder, Colson Whitehead, and Kevin Young.   

1977 - Star Wars is released on May 25.

1978 - W. Paul Coates, T. Coates's father, founds Black Classic Press in Baltimore, Maryland.

1979 - Fangoria, a fan magazine focusing on horror films, begins publication. 

1979 - The Sugarhill Gang released "Rappers Delight" on September 16.

1980s - VCR market greatly expands.

1980 - The Empire Strikes Back is released on May 21.

1981 - C. Whitehead's family moves within walking distance of Crazy Eddie's electronics store; purchases VCR.

1982 - President Ronald Reagan declares his administration's "War on Drugs" in October.  

1983 - Return of the Jedi is released on May 25.

1983 - The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film by Michael J. Weldon is published.

1984 - an epidemic of crack cocaine use becomes prominent in major cities in the U.S.

1984 - Run-D.M.C.'s self-title debut album is released on March 27.

1985 - Run-D.M.C.'s King of Rock is released on January 15.

1987 - Rita Dove awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Thomas and Beulah.

1988 - Rakim and Eric B. release Paid in Full on July7.

1987 - Whitehead begins classes at Harvard University, where he'll eventually meet K. Young.

1987 - The Dark Room Collective is founded by Thomas Sayers Ellis and Sharan Strange.

1988 - Rakim and Eric B. release Follow the Leader on July 25.

1988 - N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton is released in August 8, and signals the rise of gangsta rap.

1988 - K. Young begins classes at Harvard University, where he'll eventually meet C. Whitehead.

1990 - Public Enemy releases Fear of a Black Planet on April 10.

1993 - Digable Planets releases Reachin', which Whitehead reviewed in the Village Voice.

1993 - Wu-Tang Clan's Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) is released on November 9.

1993 - Quincy Jones launches Vibe music and culture magazine. 

1994 - Nas's Illmatic is released on April 19.

1995 - The New Yorker runs article on 'black public intellectuals' spurring wide discussion on the topic in March.

1995 - Raekwon, of the Wu-Tang Clan, releases, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx on August 1.

1995 - Million Man March takes place in Washington D.C. on October 16.

1996 - Jay-Z's Reasonable Doubt is released on June 25.

1996 - TuPac is murdered on September 13.

1997 - The Notorious B.I.G. is murdered on March 9.

A Golden Age of Inspiration for Black Men Writers, 1977 - 1997

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