Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Soulstirrers

Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Soulstirrers

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Okafor-Newsum, H. Ike (introduction by John W. Roberts, foreword by Demetrius L. Eudell). Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2016, pp.174, ISBN: 1628462256.

This book describes the birth and development of an artistic movement in Cincinnati, Ohio, identified with the Neo-Ancestral impulse which emerged as an extension of the Harlem Renaissance, the Negritude Movement, and the Black Arts Movement, all of which sought to re-represent the "primitive" and "savage" black and African in new terms. The Neo-Ancestral impulse posed a challenge to both existing form and content. Like its intellectual antecedents, the movement did not separate art from life and raised a central question, one that the "soul stirrers" of Cincinnati are engaging in their artistic productions. The author defines collapsing of the sacred and the profane as a central tendency of African aesthetics, transformed and rearticulated here in the Americas. …

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