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The Black Power Mixtape

2011 ,    »  -   40 Comments
Ratings: 7.70/10 from 10 users.

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975The Black Power Mixtape examines the evolution of the Black Power Movement in the black community and Diaspora from 1967 to 1975.

The film combines music, startling 16mm footage (lying undiscovered in the cellar of Swedish Television for 30 years), and contemporary audio interviews from leading African-American artists, activists, musicians and scholars.

During the rise of The Black Power Movement in the 60 s and 70 s, Swedish Television journalists documented the unfolding cultural revolution for their audience back home, having been granted unprecedented access to prominent leaders such as Angela Davis, the SNCC's Stokely Carmichael, and Black Panthers founders Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale.

Now, after more than 30 years in storage, this never-before-seen footage spanning nearly a decade of Black Power is finally available. Director Goran Hugo Olsson presents this mixtape, highlighting the key figures and events in the movement, as seen in a light completely different than the narrative of the American media at the time.

Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu, Abiodun Oyewole, John Forte, and Robin Kelley are among the many important voices providing narration and commentary, adding modern perspective to this essential time capsule of African-American history.

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40 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Guest

    @knowledgeizpower where are you girl?
    This one should bring you back.

  2. Guest
  3. Guest

    You could almost get the impression from this film that racism is a thing of the past, long ago and far away. Its not that way. To look at you would think my man was white, his Mum is German so he has had to listen to idiots yap on about Nazis (she was six when war was declared) and his Dad is Trinidadian. As a kid he took a lot of cr*p for that too, all the usual stuff. Even now, because people assume he's white they say things they shouldn't. It happens a lot and it gets harder to hear because now it affects our kids as well, after all this time it shouldn't happen at all.

  4. ARD73
  5. ARD73

    Thanks for posting this informative and inspiring DOC. The Black Panther ethos has had a profound influence in shaping my annalytical thinking and process through my teenage years and I have taken those lessons with me into adulthood. I find it noteworthy that a vast majority of principles and points of the struggle transcend colour and are universal, human themes.

  6. Epicurus
  7. Epicurus

    this is a great documentary

  8. Daniel
  9. Daniel

    imo..america is make it or brake handouts you roll on solo,we all have rights and imo thats good for me..but some just want more and more..imo MOVE, go to were you feel more apart of the life no one asked for..and imo Blacks have it the best here then anywere else besides Ansterdam<(spell edit).The fact is people here in america are tired of blacks still talling about their slaves or their race is slaves...WE ARE all SLAVES but why keep crying about what?its old boring and getting to the point its pissing all the rest the people living here that are not white or black.Imo blacks are some kinda chump.

  10. Far Spam
  11. Far Spam

    lol... Amsterdam... The Dutch are the biggest Nazis since the German 3rd Reich! Apartheid is a Dutch word, did you know that!!!

    You are right Blacks in the US should stop complaining and start acting. Just like the whites did with the natives!

  12. Guest
  13. Guest

    I know albino babies can pop up willy nilly, thats not what confuses me.Are you saying thats how white people came about, a bunch of albinos got together and made blond babies and hey presto, here we are !?

  14. Guest
  15. Guest

    How is white a birth defect ? I thought we slowly paled over thousands of years on our travels so that we could get vitamin d more easily ?

  16. Guest
  17. Guest

    It may be more popular than you'de hope for. Do you have your shield ready?
    Do not post a photograph of yourself, you may invite a few comparison.
    Come on really!
    edit: this was a reply to a comment which has been taken off.

  18. Epicurus
  19. Epicurus

    actually what he said was just wrong. you could breed all the albino people you want and you wont come out with a Caucasian.

    hell this highlights one of the problem with "race" its actually not a biological term.

    what you said was downright racist. you said black people look more like apes than we do. look at george bush and tell me you dont see a monkey.

    there is also no such thing as more evolved. black people are evolved just fine for their environments and better than we are. just like we are evolved for our environment.

    I just got here and just read his comment and was about to delete it and still will. because your are right. the ignorance is racist.

  20. Epicurus
  21. Epicurus

    we did. the person was patently wrong.

  22. Staind716
  23. Staind716

    Just to clarify, I do not actually believe any of the things I said about blacks not being as evolved as whites. I do feel that whites are labeled racist much quicker than blacks and I just wanted to see the reaction if I said something as obviously racist as the post laughing at white people being a "race" and saying we are just genetic defects. We are all part of the HUMAN race and that should be all that matters. Sorry if I ruffled some feathers but I was just trying to make the point that racism goes both ways and ALL racist comments should be treated equally. I decided to go all out with my outrageous "theory" just to see what would happen in comparison to the comments made about whites. I apologize if anyone was offended. I was just trying to illustrate a point.

  24. Epicurus
  25. Epicurus


    you are right. people are more likely to stand up against racism by whites I think because of the history of the racism by whites towards black. the amount of racism endured by them because good white people were to afraid to stand up to the racists. white people are probably a little on guard about that now.

    but you are right. there is often that double standard and there shouldnt be. no racism of any kind should be acceptable.

  26. bcbingram
  27. bcbingram

    Why allow this racist documentary ?
    If the colors were opposite You'd quickly see how racist it is.
    ...and if you allow such films please have the courage and heart to allow comments by your audience which you deem politically incorrect.

  28. bcbingram
  29. bcbingram

    I double dog dare you to watch 3 hours of "BET" and tell me that they are NOT racist.

  30. Guest
  31. Guest

    On the other hand, Darth Gingrich just took the SC primary by speaking the coded-language of racism to the Republican base. If you need any details, I can certainly provide them.

  32. Guest
  33. Guest

    I don't think anyone said that it doesn't cut both ways, clearly it does. That doesn't make it ok to enter into tit for tat racism.

  34. Guest
  35. Guest

    Maybe you should hit him with it anyway and I wouldn't mind knowing either :)

  36. Guest
  37. Guest

    The article "Gingrich (and Race-baiting) Wins in South Carolina" is pretty revealing... If you go to AlterNet . org, you'll find it on the homepage by scrolling about 3/5ths of the way down. If you have any trouble finding it, I can send you a direct link. Here's a little teaser from it, just for the benefit of anyone else who may be interested:

    He set about putting a black face on all of America's poor, and then insinuating that these presumably dark-skinned dependents on public assistance arrived at their lowly station through laziness and the radical, redistributionist policies of America's first African-American president. Whenever he could pair his racist theories with attacks on other targets of the right -- say, labor unions and public employees -- he did. Child labor laws should be adjusted so that public school custodians could be replaced with poor kids -- who did, after all, need the money, he said, and an infusion of work ethic.

    Then Gingrich said he would go into a place that would look, to those in South Carolina's Republican base with a fear of black people, like the lion's den.

    "I said I was willing to go to the NAACP national convention, which most Republicans are unwilling to do, and talk about the importance of food stamps versus paychecks...," Gingrich said, as AlterNet reported, in response to a challenging question at a New Hampshire campaign stop. "Here's a Republican who is standing up, [willing to talk to] one of the most left-wing groups in America about how to help the people they represent."

    Because, obviously, they are incapable of figuring that out on their own.

  38. RightThinkingOne
  39. RightThinkingOne

    Leftist race-baiting rears its ugly head once again.

  40. Guest
  41. Guest

    Not so much coded as glaringly obvious. How did he get away with that ?

  42. Guest
  43. Guest

    I don't recall if I ever mentioned it before, but I was born and raised in SC, spending the first 26 years of my life there, before moving to the Northeast 17 years ago, with a short stint in Florida in between. I can tell you FOR A FACT that this is precisely the sort of language the majority of whites in the state like to hear, with 100% of the Republicans there supporting it. Nothing too overt (in public) these days, you understand, just whatever skewering of the facts works well enough to pin down one group as less worthy than another, in as many respects as you can muster. For example, ignoring the fact, as Darth Gingrich did, that, nationwide, 60% of food-stamp recipients are children and the elderly, MOST are WHITE, and that most households receiving it are also bringing home an actual paycheck. The first real job I had (in property management) after school was with the largest real-estate company in the state, a BIG one, the CEO of which was one of the richest men in the state, a staunch Republican, and a diehard racist, I can tell you from personal experience (as in conversations...) with him. At least in the company home offices in Columbia, not a single black person worked there who wasn't a janitor. This was back in the mid-eighties, through the early-nineties, and, though I don't know for sure, I know his son is now head of the company, and so I have little doubt that things are pretty much the same. Darth Gingrich is FULLY AWARE of the "Southern Strategy," has employed it before, and I am not at all surprised that it went down like a mint julip this round, as well.

  44. Epicurus
  45. Epicurus

    you mean right-wing racism rears its ugly head once again?

    im sure thats what you nice avatar picture...LOL are you a troll?

  46. Guest
  47. Guest

    All of which makes bobby ingrams comment all the more silly. The honest truth is, I just can't get my head around it. I don't think I want to in some ways, I always try and find excuses for it : bad parenting, bad education, bad experiences, anything but the truth really. People like him cast a shadow. It offers others of that ilk a place to hide. Makes my heart sad :(

  48. Guest
  49. Guest

    I missed that one... What was his comment?


    well, i must admit the first 5 minutes didnt really capture my attention but i jus found myself more and more engaged in it as it went on. really a great doc, done with great style. the whole "outsider perspective" is great, and the info provided, with interviews of some very influential and notable names, was insightful. I was born after 1975 so it is nice to get a feel for the times, and this doc did that very well for me. i also appreciated the section on JFK and MLK, references to elites, and how these revolutions were a threat to the money flow. the narration was also well done, im a fan of both talib kweli's and erykah badu's music and it was nice to hear their perspectives as known 5%ers, purely for my own general interest. in all, a great doc to check out.

  52. RightThinkingOne
  53. RightThinkingOne

    No, those who agitate for racial conflict are the racists. Git my meanin'?

  54. abernadotte
  55. abernadotte

    I dont understand this. Yesterday I could watch this whole documentary????

  56. Epicurus
  57. Epicurus

    no a racist is one who thinks a particular race is inherently better than another one.

    by ignoring the sociocultural implications of certain minorities are the way they are an applying biological reasons or blaming it on the people in general with no explanation why, comes off as racist because it appears you are saying that this race is inherently worse than others.

    very very simple stuff.

  58. RightThinkingOne
  59. RightThinkingOne

    "a racist is one who thinks a particular race is inherently better than another one."

    Not exactly. Let's just say a white person believes that - just an example - that as a group the Japanese are a bit intellectually above whites. Is he a racist?

    I contend that racism, in both common parlance and when using this term in its meaningful sense is something else: It means some kind of exclusion based on racial characteristics rather than the ones for which the person is applying or trying to enter.

    I chose those words carefully. If you choose to respond, please keep the precise wording in mind and please do not read something into it that is not there.

    Example: A person wants to join a sports team or a chess club, or a person wants to get x job. If he does not have the athletic ability, chess skills or job qualifications, he gets excluded - REGARDLESS OF SKIN COLOR. Therefore, even if not a single person of "x" race gets on the team, club or job, there is no racism.

  60. Epicurus
  61. Epicurus

    "Not exactly. Let's just say a white person believes that - just an example - that as a group the Japanese are a bit intellectually above whites. Is he a racist?"

    yes he is.

    i can agree with your definition as well. if someone excluded someone solely on their race that would be racist. but i would wonder why they excluded them. it would be based on inherent qualities they believe that every member of that race has. and would make them believe that their race is better in that instance.

  62. RightThinkingOne
  63. RightThinkingOne

    Glad that you agree with the definition.

    "it would be based on inherent qualities they believe that every member of that race has."

    Yes, if the person is judged and excluded for something OTHER than the qualifications for which the work or group membership requires, then it could be construed as "unfair." It could be for qualities other than race, too.

    You seem open-minded, and we are agreeing on the definitions, so let's push it a bit more and extend it beyond racism.

    Let's say there is some kind of club where mostly young people go, or even a restaurant. Five or six females show up to apply for a job to serve customers. Every one qualifies, and the qualifications are pretty easy, anyway.

    The owner of the business picks thinks that a person of a race similar to most of his customers would be best for business. (Please do not debate the validity of that because this is the owner's decision, and he does not want to review scholarly research, etc.) So, he picks the person who is the most physically attractive and of that race.

    Can you call that "racist," or is it just a business decision?

  64. Bless1
  65. Bless1

    could someone point me in the direction of the link to the full doc this is something i would like to share with my friends

  66. Brandon Costa
  67. Brandon Costa

    Blacks have it the best here?

    I consider my self to be as non racist as any white person can be, but even I, if seeing a black person walking toward me down the street, may make a quick mental assertion as to what his motive might be. Its a ridiculous thought but its there. And he knows my thoughts as well. As long as we hold that image of each other we are a long way from being free of racism. For them, our image of blacks creates a self fullfilled prophecy. We are probably much better but still a long way from where it should be.

  68. Marked
  69. Marked

    @ Brandon Costa: That's your perogative in projecting your lack of confidence if and when you see a man of color; but the assumption that "And he knows my thoughts as well" is innacurate. SInce when did we become mind-readers?
    Moreover, by perceiving ourselves in terms of 'color' instead of 'Human beings,' we unwittingly reduce others into 'objects' (which, by the way, is a goal of racism.)
    I don't cater to the color game by calling or considering other people as "Black or White;" instead, I make the conscious effort to view everyone as a 'Human being' first and foremost. This way I am under no false illusions about my own Humanity.
    As long as we continue to objectify ourselves and others in terms of color, "We shall never overcome!"

  70. Marked
  71. Marked

    For the record, Racism in America has always been about Power and Control!
    Before chattel slavery became an Institution, the racist terminology of "Black &White" didn't exist.
    During the Pre-Colonial Period, people were considered as either 'Christians or Heathens.'
    In fact, the initial workforce of early agraian American life was comprised largely of European indentured servants that ultimately proved incapable of enduring the same rigors that those sentenced to Blackness would have to endure, unpaid for nearly 230 years.
    The Natives refused to be enslaved and could easily escape because they were in their own backyard.
    Ultimately, the 'Planters' turned to the pre-existing African Slave Trade that was dominated by the Portuguese; though Arabs and some Jews were also merchants.
    Thus, from a religious standpoint, Christianity, Islam and Judaism were not above the traffiking of Human Cargo.
    Yet, the distinction between 'indentured servitude' vs. 'chattel slavery' is that indentured servitude provides for manumission; where-as America's perversion of this practice would deprive the enslaved Africans of their Humanity and make their enslavement perpetual.
    This was accomplished by re-enforcing the idea that Africans were somehow sub-Human.
    Dr. Joy DeGury (sp) accurately termed this practice as "Relabeling and Justifying."
    Of course there's more to this saga, and it can be read in "Message To A Dead/Man;" by turner page
    Publisher: Third World Press
    Release date: May 2012

  72. Brandon Costa
  73. Brandon Costa

    Its not just my lack of confidence, its an entire nation. It exists in humor, movies and stand up comedy, not to mention in social politics, jobs etc.

    Have you ever seen Office Space? A great scene is the white guy waiting in gridlock listening to Rap Music. A black guy walks by and he turns the music down nervously and locks his door.

  74. Guest
  75. Guest

    God, don't get me started on quotes from Office Space, man. :)

  76. mrnewbeats
  77. mrnewbeats

    the comments show that the ideology has not changed much in the US. Thank goodness for young people! Being black is not a sentence, as some would say. Frame of mind is what makes you who you are. All the talk is just that, A true person is known by their actions and abilities. A job does not make a person, 2008 proved that, as did the stock market crash. Talk about brainwashed!Sentenced to being black,!!! Check your history of evolution!

  78. Matt
  79. Matt

    I loved every bit of this documentary! First time learning about Stokely Carmichael and his importance in the Black Power movement.

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