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Title Hughes' Dream Harlem. [Kanopy electronic resource]

Publication Info. [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015.
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Description 1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 61 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound
video file MPEG-4 Flash
Note Title from title frames.
Event Originally produced by California Newsreel in 2002.
Summary Langston Hughes was one of the most prominent figures of the Harlem Renaissance and is often referred to as Harlem's poet laureate. This film shows how Hughes successfully fused jazz, blues and common speech to celebrate the beauty of Black life. Hughes' Dream Harlem presents a vision of the esteemed poet in present-day Harlem and makes an important case for Hughes' impact on hip-hop and the spoken-word community. This multi-layered documentary includes roundtable discussions of his contributions and a tour of Hughes' Harlem hang-outs. The distinguished actor/activist Ossie Davis offers the narration in his soulful baritone, while his wife and collaborator, the renowned Ruby Dee, reflects on Hughes' life with such notable personalities as poet Sonia Sanchez and music industry icon Damon Dash. The artists testify to his continuing impact on their work and his steadfast racial pride and artistic independence. Hughes' Dream Harlem will inspire students to discover Hughes' work while encouraging them to pursue their own writing. "Hughes' Dream Harlem links the poetic voice of African Americans from the Harlem Renaissance to today's Def Poetry Jam. It demonstrates continuity from Harlem of the past to the socio-political issues facing Africans in America today in the present." - Danny Simmons, Executive Producer, Def Poetry. "Hughes' Dream Harlem makes the connection to today's spoken word movement inspired by the music-based poetry form that Langston invented." - St. Clair Bourne, Filmmaker. "Imaginatively filmed, this fine program is recommended for both school and public libraries." - Booklist. "The interviews are incredibly powerful. This fascinating film should be a part of African American history, poetry and literature collections." - Library Journal.
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967.
African American poets -- 20th century -- Biography.
Harlem Renaissance -- African American arts -- Intellectual life -- 20th century -- United States -- New York.
Genre Documentary films.
Added Author Joseph, Jamal film director.
Kanopy (Firm)
Music No. 1139679 Kanopy
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