Final: Choose a Black Performance with dance elements to analyze. Since we are unable to attend a live dance concert, you all get to choose the performance. This can be a music video, a recorded live performance, a site-specific or gallery work, a second-line or festival performance. (No less than a page and no more than 5-pages, times new roman, 12 pt. font, double-spaced) The idea is to imagine you’re a writer for a magazine, blog, or newspaper, and critically examine a Black performance. We will discuss this more on Tuesday and look at reviews in our zoom class. Historically, Black performances have been written and critiqued in ways that enhance and perpetuate Black stereotypes. Your job is to analyze and write based on content, context, historical connection, aesthetics, and opinion. This does not mean you have to glorify the performance you choose, you can critique.
In a five-paragraph essay, make a clear argument supporting the philosophies of either Booker T. Washington OR Ida B. Wells based on the articles assigned to our reader. Paragraph one should be the introduction wherein you state your argument. (Thesis)
Paragraph Two should discuss the ideas of Washington based on the Atlanta Exposition Speech, and Paragraph Three should discuss/explain your understanding of Wells’ point of view in terms of racial uplift. Paragraph Four should discuss the pros and cons of their respective positions, keeping in mind the time and historical context in which they lived and worked. Based on your understanding of WEB DuBois, state how you feel he would have weighed in on their differences.
In the last paragraph, state your position again clearly and explain why you have taken that position. End with a strong sentence that reinforces your thesis. Use three additional sources (scholarly articles, films, etc.) to support your argument, in addition to the two assigned readings. Do Not use Wikipedia! Cite your sources in the body of the essay. Again, avoid long quotes—paraphrase.
General instructions: Please read the 2 attached readings then answer all the questions below in full aspects using nothing but the 2 readings provided, do not use the internet. In my essay, I would like an introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion with 4 in-text citations. Three full pages, times new roman, size 12. This essay is worth 60 points. Provide a plagiarism check with the final document because I will have to submit this essay through safe assign.
Essay questions to be answered after reading the 2 readings attached: Although she was skeptical of activists who described the U.S. system of mass incarceration as the “new Jim Crow,” Michelle Alexander has become the foremost proponent of that slogan-turned-analysis. What is the value of talking about the current prison problem as a form of racial oppression? Why does she use the term “caste” to describe the current social order? Do you agree with her characterization? Why? What are some of the limitations of the New Jim Crow argument? Your essay should draw equally on Michelle Alexander’s “The Rebirth of Caste,” and James Forman Jr.’s “Racial Critiques of Mass Incarceration: Beyond the New Jim Crow.”
Deadline is December 6, 2021.