Flyboy 2: The Greg Tate Reader
Greg Tate is a music and popular culture critic and journalist whose work has appeared in many publications, including the Village Voice, Vibe, Spin, the Wire, and Downbeat. He is the author of Flyboy in the Buttermilk: Essays on Contemporary America and Midnight Lightning: Jimi Hendrix and the Black Experience and the editor of Everything but the Burden: What White People Are Taking from Black Culture. Tate, via guitar and baton, also leads the conducted improvisation ensemble Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, who tour internationally.
Reviews of Black films, filmmakers, actors, and plays constitute the fourth section—Spike Lee's Bamboozled, blaxploitation movies, John Singleton’s Baby Boy, and Jeffrey Wright and Don Cheadle’s performance in a play by Suzan-Lori Parks. The final essay, on the documentary Black Power Mixtape, uses the film to think how civil rights expanded the literal physical space Blacks could occupy in lily-white America, while Black Power extended the range of our metaphysical assault on the American racial imaginary.