Dancing in Blackness, a Memoir is an important and timely book chronicling the life of a professional dancer, and the social and political climate that inspired, informed and transformed her life and career. Situated at intersections of Arts, Black Female Voice, and Activism, Dancing in Blackness, A Memoir speaks to the contemporary moment in which artist activists are on the front lines of U.S. and international social, cultural and political discourse for change. Dancing in Blackness, a Memoir is a personal account of critical historical moments in dance (nationally and internationally), and shifting landscapes of social, economic and political structures that inform the social and spiritual activism and transformation of an artist’s life.
Dancing in Blackness, A Memoir is a professional female dancer’s personal journey over four decades, across three continents and 23 countries, and through defining moments in the story of black dance in America. In this memoir, Halifu Osumare reflects on what blackness and dance have meant to her life and international career. Osumare’s story begins in 1960s San Francisco amid the Black Arts Movement, black militancy, and hippie counterculture. It was there she chose dance as her own revolutionary statement.
Dancing in Blackness, a Memoir will no doubt have tremendous appeal to students, scholars, and the general public, and to those with specialized interest in the arts in social movements and community transformation, African-American/African Diaspora religions, history and philosophy; gender, race and sexuality studies; and social and cultural anthropology.
A note from the author: “In Dancing in Blackness, A Memoir I explore my personal dance career, capturing much of the revolutionary 60s, the transformative 70s, the Reagonomics 80s, and the 90s transition into the new millennium, while dancing in Europe, Africa, New York, and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area. I simultaneously explore black dance as an affirmation of the ancestors and a social and political tool.”
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Dr. Halifu Osumare is on tour with her new book, Dancing in Blackness, A Memoir, University Press of Florida, February 2018. Dr. Osumare is Professor Emerita of African American & African Studies at University of California, Davis, and author of The Africanist Aesthetic in Global Hip-Hop: Power Moves (2007) and The Hiplife in Ghana: West African Indigenization of Hip-Hop (2012).