(The Village Voice) – The anxiety and reality of having to dissect all this blackness in a sensible, meaningful way through words is paralyzing. How do you capture the detail and the overwhelming visibility of invisibility? Can you do the blackness justice? Can he? Can I?
— Clover Hope, “The Overwhelming Blackness of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly”
NYU’s Gallatin school celebrated Black History Month by coordinating a series of lectures, film screenings, live podcasts, and panel discussions free to both students and the public. “Dismantling the Master’s House: The Spectrum of Black Activism” included eight events held throughout the month, ending on Thursday, February 25.
The closing event, a panel discussion called Who Is the Black Messiah?, focused on the conversation surrounding contemporary black musical culture, as well as the experience of being black in America— specifically as it concerns police brutality and racial violence, as well as the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement. The panel highlighted the work of black scholars and thought leaders from a variety of outlets and disciplines, covering a spectrum ranging from faculty (Gallatin assistant professor Kwami Coleman) to famous (cult rapper Junglepussy). They were joined by Jezebel staff writer Clover Hope, and Jason King, a professor in the Clive Davis music program at Tisch.
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