Sunday, February 5, 2023

Rebellious Ex-Slaves as Poetic Muses

The second chapter of my book, "Rebellious Ex-Slaves as Poetic Muses," discusses fugitive, unruly slaves who inspired creative works by poets and rappers. 

The chapter explains how Elizabeth Alexander, Opal Palmer Adisa, and Evie Shockley, to name a few, creatively represented insurgents and venerated ex-slaves. In addition, I discuss how Jay-Z, Black Thought, Jay Electronica, and other rappers alluded to bad man slaves in their lyrics. 

 We see this common interest in resistant slaves among black creative artists. At the same time, a close look reveals the divergent thinking among the approaches that poets and rappers take when they invoke defiant slaves.

This entry is part of a series--28 Days & Ways of Thinking about Bad Men & Vulnerable Black Boys.

Note: For a 30% discount, use the promo code 10FEB23 when and if purchasing the book on the University of Virginia Press site (For February 2023 only).

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