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Steingo, Gavin. Kwaito's Promise: Music and the Aesthetics of Freedom in South Africa. Chicago, IL: University Of Chicago Press, 2016, pp.320, ISBN: 022636254X.

This work examines Kwaito as it has developed alongside the democratization of South Africa over the past two decades. Tracking the fall of South African hope into the disenchantment that often characterizes the outlook of its youth today--who face high unemployment, extreme inequality, and widespread crime, the book looks to Kwaito as a powerful tool that paradoxically engages South Africa's crucial social and political problems by, in fact, seeming to ignore them. Interacting with Kwaito artists and fans.

Meintjes, Louise (with photos by TJ Lemon). Dust of the Zulu: Ngoma Aesthetics after Apartheid. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2017, pp.352, 142 illustrations, ISBN: 0822362651.

This volume traces the political and aesthetic significance of Ngoma, a competitive form of dance and music that emerged out of the legacies of colonialism and apartheid in South Africa. Contextualizing Ngoma within South Africa's history of violence, migrant labor, the HIV epidemic, and the world music market, the author follows a community Ngoma team and its professional subgroup during the twenty years after apartheid's end and ties aesthetics to politics, embodiment to the voice, and masculine anger to eloquence and virtuosity, relating the visceral experience of Ngoma performances as they embody the expanse of South

Morris, Monique W. Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools. New York: The New Press, 2016, pp. 256, ISBN: 9781620970942.

This book exposes a world of confined potential and supports the growing movement to address the policies, practices, and cultural illiteracy that push countless students out of school and into unhealthy, unstable, and often unsafe futures. For four years the author chronicled the experiences of Black girls in the U.S. whose intricate lives are misunderstood, highly judged by teachers, administrators, and the justice system--and degraded by the very institutions charged with helping them flourish. Hence, the work shows how despite obstacles, stigmas, stereotypes, and despair, Black girls still find ways to breathe remarkable dignity into their lives in classrooms, juvenile facilities, and beyond. The author is the co-founder of the National Black Women's Justice Institute and writes a monthly column on black women and girls for Ebony.com.

Cantwell, Brendan and Ilkka Kauppinen, eds [foreword by Sheila Slaughter]. Academic Capitalism in the Age of Globalization. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014, pp. 296, ISBN: 1421415380.

This book offers a framework for understanding that today nearly every aspect of higher education--including student recruitment, classroom instruction, faculty research, administrative governance, and the control of intellectual property--is embedded in a political economy with links to the market and the state. And thus, it explains higher education's shift from creating scholarship and learning as a public good to generating knowledge as a commodity to be monetized in market activities via an in-depth assessment of the theoretical foundations of academic capitalism, as well as new empirical insights into how the process of academic capitalism has played out.

Gregory, Dick. Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies. New York, NY: Amistad, 2017, pp.256, ISBN: 0062448692.

In this collection of thoughtful, provocative essays, the author charts the complex and often obscured history of the African American experience, and in an unapologetically candid voice, he moves from African ancestry and surviving the Middle Passage to the creation of the Jheri Curl, the enjoyment of bacon and everything pig, the headline-making shootings of Black men, and the Black Lives Matter movement. Hence, the book explores historical movements such as The Great Migration and the Harlem Renaissance, as well as cultural touchstones such as Sidney Poitier winning the Best Actor Oscar for Lilies in the Field and Billie Holiday releasing Strange Fruit

Nangwaya, Ajamu and Michael Truscello, eds. Why Don't the Poor Rise Up?: Organizing the Twenty-First Century Resistance. Chico, California: AK Press, 2017, pp. 300, ISBN: 9781849352789.

In this work scholars and activists from around the world present perspectives that explore the question of revolution, its objective and subjective prerequisites, and its increasing likelihood. Hence, the book offers a reassessment of contemporary obstacles to mass mobilization, as well as examples from around the world of poor people overcoming those obstacles in inspiring and instructive new ways. Some of the topics in the book include: corrientes of hemispheric resistencia; the counter-insurrectionary function of the color line; Black Labor and Liberation; social movement unionism and critical equity; Trump and the Alt.Right; anti-poverty organizing in Canada and the US; cultivating the radical imagination in the North of the Americas; the spiritual exploitation of the poor; engendering revolt in the Anglophone Caribbean; the Grenadian Revolution; how the poor rise up in San Cristobal de las Casas; the territory of the community police in Guerrero, Mexico; Multiplications' of the poor in Mathare, Nairobi; critical consciousness as an act of culture in Sudan; and powers of the uncivil in South Africa.

Ndlovu-Gatsheni, Sabelo. The Decolonial Mandela: Peace, Justice and the Politics of Life. Brooklyn NY: Berghahn Books Inc., 2016, pp. 186, ISBN: 978-1-78533-296-8.

This book is a contribution to the emerging literature on de-colonial studies that lays out a groundbreaking interpretation of the "Mandela phenomenon" as the author identifies transformative political justice and a re-imagined social order as key features of Nelson Mandela's legacy. Mandela is understood here as an exemplar of de-colonial humanism, one who embodied the idea of survivor's justice and held up reconciliation and racial harmony as essential for transcending colonial modes of thought. The author is head of the Archie Mafeje Research Institute at the...

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