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American History: From Emancipation to the Present (AFAM 162) The early 1970s marked a moment of social confusion, violence, and cultural excitement carried over from the late 1960s. In this lecture, Professor Holloway canvasses some of the political turmoil of this era and the ways that it was reflected in popular culture. By examining musical achievements like Marvin Gaye's album, What's Going On?, and some of Stevie Wonder's songs recorded around this time, it becomes clear that black cultural producers were wrestling with Vietnam, economic despair, ecological despair, poverty, and urban decay. Yet the early 1970s was also a moment of black cultural celebration, and Professor Holloway explores the complicated messages about black sexuality in general, and black masculinity and the role of black women in specific, depicted in blaxploitation films like Shaft, Sweet Sweetback's Badasssss Song, Super Fly, and Foxy Brown. Warning: This lecture contains graphic content and/or adult language that some users may find disturbing. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Events Surrounding the Invasion of Cambodia 05:24 - Chapter 2. Marvin Gaye Album: "What's going on?" 15:36 - Chapter 3. Shaft: The Celebration of Black Masculinity, Virility, and Culture 22:48 - Chapter 4. Blaxploitation Film: "Sweet Sweetback's Badasssss Song" 28:16 - Chapter 5. Blaxploitation Film: "Super Fly" 35:43 - Chapter 6. Blaxploitation Film: "Foxy Brown" 42:40 - Chapter 7. Stevie Wonder Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://oyc.yale.edu This course was recorded in Spring 2010.

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