How It Feels to Be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement

How It Feels to Be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement By Ruth Feldstein, How It Feels to Be Free Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement Winner of the Benjamin L Hooks National Book AwardWinnter of the Michael Nelson Prize of the International Association for Media and History In Nina Simone sat at a piano in New York s Carnegie
  • Title: How It Feels to Be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement
  • Author: Ruth Feldstein
  • ISBN: 9780195314038
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Hardcover
  • How It Feels to Be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement By Ruth Feldstein, Winner of the Benjamin L Hooks National Book AwardWinnter of the Michael Nelson Prize of the International Association for Media and History In 1964, Nina Simone sat at a piano in New York s Carnegie Hall to play what she called a show tune Then she began to sing Alabama s got me so upset Tennessee made me lose my rest And everybody knows about Mississippi Goddam SWinner of the Benjamin L Hooks National Book AwardWinnter of the Michael Nelson Prize of the International Association for Media and History In 1964, Nina Simone sat at a piano in New York s Carnegie Hall to play what she called a show tune Then she began to sing Alabama s got me so upset Tennessee made me lose my rest And everybody knows about Mississippi Goddam Simone, and her song, became icons of the civil rights movement But her confrontational style was not the only path taken by black women entertainers brIn How It Feels to Be Free, Ruth Feldstein examines celebrated black women performers, illuminating the risks they took, their roles at home and abroad, and the ways that they raised the issue of gender amid their demands for black liberation Feldstein focuses on six women who made names for themselves in the music, film, and television industries Simone, Lena Horne, Miriam Makeba, Abbey Lincoln, Diahann Carroll, and Cicely Tyson These women did not simply mirror black activism their performances helped constitute the era s political history Makeba connected America s struggle for civil rights to the fight against apartheid in South Africa, while Simone sparked high profile controversy with her incendiary lyrics Yet Feldstein finds nuance in their careers In 1968, Hollywood cast the outspoken Lincoln as a maid to a white family in For Love of Ivy, adding a layer of complication to the film That same year, Diahann Carroll took on the starring role in the television series Julia Was Julia a landmark for casting a black woman or for treating her race as unimportant The answer is not clear cut Yet audiences gave broader meaning to what sometimes seemed to be apolitical performances How It Feels to Be Free demonstrates that entertainment was not always just entertainment and that We Shall Overcome was not the only soundtrack to the civil rights movement By putting black women performances at center stage, Feldstein sheds light on the meanings of black womanhood in a revolutionary time.
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    1. A really interesting look at performing race meaning, how race is seen visually through hair, clothing, accessories , how it is viewed aurally, and how female performers, in particular, had to negotiate all kinds of issues This focuses on Cicely Tyson, Diahann Carroll, Lena Horne, Nina Simone, Abbey Lincoln, and Miriam Makeba, primarily, and the compromises they made or didn t make in terms of performance, art, politics, and civil and women s rights Lots of references to other performers, includ [...]


    2. I was honored to receive Ruth Feldstein s book for review on giveaway To me, this book is a must read for historians and anyone interested in US 20th century cultural history, entertainment history, feminism, or the Civil Rights Movement It is a work not biographical in nature but a cultural history through which Feldstein argues that popular art has had an important place in the work of social change in the US Feldstein states that culture was a key battleground in the civil rights movement and [...]



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