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Black Star, Crescent Moon: Islam and Muslims in the Black Radical Imagination

Sponsor Asian American Studies Department
Event type Open House 2012
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Asian American Studies Presents

Sohail Daulatzai

Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies & African American Studies

University of California, Irvine

“Black Star, Crescent Moon: Islam and Muslims in the Black

Radical Imagination”

Thursday, April 4, 2013

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Asian American Cultural Center

1210 W. Nevada Street, Urbana, IL

This talk will explore the role that Islam and the struggles in the Muslim Third World have played in shaping the Black radical imagination throughout the 20th century and the global struggle against imperialism. Whether it be through Malcolm X or Muhammad Ali, the poets of the Black Arts Movement or jazz musicians, Black Power activists or filmmakers, novelists or hip-hop artists, this talk will tell the story of how Black artists and activists linked discontent and unrest in Harlem, Los Angeles and Chicago to the anticolonial revolutions in Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, and elsewhere, frequently looking to the anti-imperialist movements of the Muslim Third World for inspiration and solidarity in their struggles for social justice. As Malcolm X said in 1962, “the same rebellion, the same impatience, the same anger that exists in the hearts of the dark people in Africa and Asia, is existing in the hearts and minds of 20 million black people in this country who have been just as thoroughly colonized as the people in Africa and Asia.” In resurrecting this past, this talk will explore the significance of this forgotten history for contemporary politics and arts when Black artists and activists imagined themselves not as national minorities but as part of a global majority.

Sohail Daulatzai is the author of Black Star, Crescent Moon: The Muslim International and Black Freedom beyond America (2012) and is the co-editor of Born to Use Mics: Reading Nas’s Illmatic (2009). His writing has appeared in Counterpunch, Al Jazeera, Souls, Amer-Asia, Basketball Jones, and as the centerpiece in the museum catalog Movement: Hip-Hop in L.A., 1980’s - Now. He has written liner notes for the 2012 release of the 20th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set of Rage Against the Machine’s self titled debut album as well as liner notes for the DVD release of Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies and the Program in African American Studies at the University of California, Irvine. He currently lives in Los Angeles and is working on a graphic novel.

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