What is popular music? Is it white or black? Do African American practices become more “white” as they enter the music economy? Or does the extended reign of hip-hop indicate that, really, pop music has just been “black” all along? Is there a racial connotation to the notion of the “mainstream”? As the King of Pop and oft-discussed racial chameleon, Michael Jackson is perfectly poised as a figure through which to investigate these questions.
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MICHAEL JACKSON: CRITICAL REFLECTION ON A LIFE & A PHENOMENON
A symposium sponsored by the Center for Race and Gender, UC Berkeley
Scholars & artists reflect on the legacy of Michael Jackson on performance & artistry, racial & sexual politics, and cultural representations. Featuring the following presenters: