By bell hooks
In keeping with the Washington Post, not anyone who cares approximately modern African-American cultures can forget about bell hooks' electrifying feminist explorations. focusing on cultural icons as various as Madonna and Spike Lee, Outlaw Culture offers a suite of essays that draws no punches. As hooks herself notes, interrogations of pop culture could be a ‘powerful website for intervention, problem and change’. And intrude, problem and alter is what hooks does most sensible.
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To be un-famous is to be rendered invisible. Therefore, one is without choice. You either enter the phallocentric battleﬁeld of representation and play the game or you are doomed to exist outside history. Basquiat wanted a place in history, and he played the game. In trying to make a place for himself—for blackness—in the established art world, he assumed the role of explorer/colonizer. Wanting to make an intervention with his life and work, he inverted the image of the white colonizer. Basquiat journeyed into the heart of whiteness.
You either enter the phallocentric battleﬁeld of representation and play the game or you are doomed to exist outside history. Basquiat wanted a place in history, and he played the game. In trying to make a place for himself—for blackness—in the established art world, he assumed the role of explorer/colonizer. Wanting to make an intervention with his life and work, he inverted the image of the white colonizer. Basquiat journeyed into the heart of whiteness. White territory he named as a savage and brutal place.
MFA: Perhaps only as entertainers— bh: Why does the real Tina Turner have to come in at the end of What’s Love Got to Do With It ? It’s like saying that Angela Bassett isn’t a good enough actress—which I didn’t think she was—by the way, and that’s part of why, in a sense, it becomes Larry Fishburne’s narrative of Ike, more so than the narrative of Tina Turner. It’s a very tragic ﬁlm, because you sit in the theater and you see people really identify with the character of Ike, not with the character of Tina Turner.
Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representations (Routledge Classics) by bell hooks