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'Black is beautiful', and Indigenous : Aboriginal authorship in Australian popular music

King, Andrew S. (2010) 'Black is beautiful', and Indigenous : Aboriginal authorship in Australian popular music. Continuum : Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 24(4), pp. 533-542.

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Abstract

The ‘black is beautiful’ movement began in the United States in the early sixties, and changed mainstream attitudes towards the body, fashion and personal aesthetics, gaining African American people a new sense of pride in being – and being called – ‘black’. In Australia the movement also had implications for changing the political meanings of ‘black’ in white society. However, it is not until the last decade, through the global influence of Afro-American music, that a distinctly Indigenous sense of black sexiness has captured the attention of mainstream audiences. The article examines such recent developments, and suggests that, through the appropriation of Afro-American aesthetics and styles, Indigenous producers and performers have developed new forms of Indigenous public agency, demonstrating that black is beautiful, and Indigenous.

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ID Code: 31201
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Black, Aesthetics, Popular Culture, Music, Aboriginal, Fashion
DOI: 10.1080/10304311003797472
ISSN: 1030-4312
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Musicology and Ethnomusicology (190409)
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Taylor and Francis
Deposited On: 08 Mar 2010 08:42
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2012 17:22

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