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New York Folklore Vol. 18, Nos. 1-4, 2000
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Vol. XVIII, Nos. 1-4, 2000*
Through African-Centered Prisms
Guest Editor: Barbara L. Hampton
with editorial contributions by
John W. Suter, Karen Taussig-Lux, and Sally Atwater


Introduction John W. Roberts 1

Part I: Re-Visioning African-American Culture

On Modernity, Theory, and Practice in the African-American Tradition
Frank M. Kirkland 11

Negritude in Music Revisited: Old Wine or New Bottles?
Christopher Brooks 53

African-American Folklore in a Discourse of Folkness
John W. Roberts 73

Part II: Researching African-American Culture: Issues of Authority

Thomas Washington Talley: Early Twentieth-Century African-American Folklore Theorist

Gerald L. Davis

An Early Model for the Study of African-American Folklore: Carter G. Woodson and the Journal of Negro History
Cassandra A. Stancil 103

Journeys to African-American Art: Issues in Contemporary Exhibition
Gladys-Marie Fry 119

On Cultural Vaccination and the Twenty-First Century
Joan Maynard 133

Part III: Emergent Discourses: Issues of Representation

“Some Hard Usage”: The New York City Slave Revolt of 1712
Thelma Willis Foote 147

Men Have the Church, Us Women Have the Conference: Decreasing Sexist and Assimilationist Policies in the Church
Nancy J. Fairley 161

Voices of Tradition and Promise: African-American Gospel Women Musicians

Barbara L. Hampton


African-American Folklore and Cultural History in the Films of Spike Lee
Gloria J. Gibson-Hudson 205

Kente Cloth: A Ghanaian Tradition in the United States
Marilyn M. White 219

Erasure of the DJ: Hip Hop Music and Popular Music Criticism
Laura Johnson 227

Tell Them So You’ll Know

Estella Conwill Majozo


Chips Off the Old Block
William H. Wiggins, Jr. 255

Gerald L. Davis 263

*This volume was delayed in publication and published out of sequence.


“In the case of African-American folklore study, we begin by recognizing that African-American cultural identity—an ongoing process of identity formation shaped by a historical experience that had its origins in Africa—is the source of a unique folk identity. In accepting this duality, we develop approaches that illuminate the ways in which African-American identity influences the dynamic process of artistic communication that we call folklore.” From “African-American Folklore in a Discourse of Folkness” John W. Roberts

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