Post-Soul Nation by Nelson George
The Explosive, Contradictory, Triumphant, and Tragic 1980s as Experienced by African Americans (Previously Known as Blacks and Before That Negroes)

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One of the foremost chroniclers of the contemporary black experience offers an undeluded perspective on the 1980s. Here are crack, AIDS, and the Reagan rollback of the major advances of the civil rights movement. But Nelson George also shows how black performers, athletes, and activists made increasing inroads into the mainstream. This fast-paced, chronological retrospective profiles personalities from Bill Cosby to Louis Farrakhan and explores such flashpoints as the first rap single and the infamous Willie Horton ad campaign.

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About Nelson George

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Nelson George is an award-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction. He has written for Playboy, Billboard, Esquire, the Village Voice, Essence, and many other national magazines, as well as writing and producing television programs and feature films.
Published April 26, 2005 by Penguin Books. 256 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Critic/novelist George (Hip Hop America, 1998, etc.) posits that those years represent a transitional departure from clear-cut triumphs of the black American “soul era” (embodied by the civil-rights struggle and epochal figures like James Brown), during which opportunities for blacks greatly expa...

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in Rocky III (1982), he writes, "In writing the characters, screenwriter Stallone actually anticipates the black cultural wars that shape much black pop culture for the next twenty years."

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The following year he gets a regular gig as Dr. Philip Chandler of the NBC drama St. Elsewhere ..."But the book is not really short on the heavy stuff, either: The '80s also brought us the election of Ronald Reagan and the Atlanta child murders two key events in any history of black America:"To ...

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