Today we opened our BLM Long Beach monthly meeting by calling in our ancestors and reflecting on this special interview between Nikki Giovanni and James Baldwin, taped in London in 1971.
- (part 1) http://www.shoutfactorytv.com/soul/ja…
- (part 2) http://www.shoutfactorytv.com/soul/ja…
- Other Baldwin videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list…
- To see a video of Nikki Giovanni reflecting on this conversation in 2016 is here: https://youtu.be/dI74bE0pqRM
ABOUT NIKKI GIOVANNI
Yolande Cornelia “Nikki” Giovanni, Jr.(born June 7, 1943) is an American poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. Giovanni gained initial fame in the late 1960s as one of the foremost authors of the Black Arts Movement. Influenced by the Civil Rights Movement and Black Power Movement of the period, her early work provides a strong, militant African-American perspective, leading one writer to dub her the “Poet of the Black Revolution.”
ABOUT JAMES BALDWIN
James Arthur Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) was an American novelist and social critic. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son (1955), explore intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-20th-century America. Some of Baldwin’s essays are book-length, including The Fire Next Time (1963), No Name in the Street (1972), and The Devil Finds Work (1976). An unfinished manuscript, Remember This House, was expanded and adapted for cinema as the Academy Award–nominated documentary film I Am Not Your Negro. Baldwin’s novels and plays fictionalize fundamental personal questions and dilemmas amid complex social and psychological pressures thwarting the equitable integration of not only African Americans, but also gay and bisexual men, while depicting some internalized obstacles to such individuals’ quests for acceptance. Such dynamics are prominent in Baldwin’s second novel, Giovanni’s Room, written in 1956, well before the gay liberation movement.