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Catch a Free Screening of “The Black Power Mixtape” in Brooklyn for MLK Day

Catch a Free Screening of "The Black Power Mixtape" in Brooklyn for MLK Day

We’ve covered The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 previously on this site, but in case you haven’t yet seen it, BAM Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn, NY, will offer a free screening of the feature length doc next week as part of their annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

From the site:

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 mobilizes a treasure trove of 16mm material shot by Swedish journalists who came to the US drawn by stories of urban unrest and revolution. Gaining access to many of the leaders of the Black Power Movement—Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis and Eldridge Cleaver among them—the filmmakers captured them in intimate moments and remarkably unguarded interviews. Music by Questlove and Om’Mas Keith, and commentary from prominent African-American artists and activists who were influenced by the struggle—including Erykah Badu, Harry Belafonte, Talib Kweli, and Melvin Van Peebles—give the historical footage a fresh, contemporary resonance and makes the film an exhilarating, unprecedented account of an American revolution.

The film choice is a tad ironic, considering that some of MLK’s philosophies didn’t exactly jibe with those of the Black Power Movement back in the day. Still, it’s a good film, and any attempt to bring it to new audiences is fine by me.

The screening is set for Monday, January 16th at 1pm at BAM Rose Cinemas, and concludes a lineup of free events that begins that Friday. For additional details and tickets, visit BAM.org.

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