Presentation Title

Disentangling the Spirit of Black Individuality through music and film

Presenter Information

Citlally SolorzanoFollow

Faculty Mentor

Mario Obando, PhD

Start Date

23-11-2019 8:45 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 9:00 AM

Location

Markstein 107

Session

oral 1

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

humanities_letters

Abstract

Collectively, Black culture and Black individuality is typically not afforded the right to vulnerability as they are constantly forced into a mold that deems them as always culturally resistant and loud.[1]However, Black artists use music and storytelling to channel their spirit and mind and to illustrate their interior being. Frank Ocean beautifully exemplifies how one can use music to channel the voices in our head and the memories that build one’s character. He further breaks apart the social constraints placed upon Black artists, or more generally, Black individuals, as he intimately tells the story of the summer he fell in love for the first time with a man, in his heavily acclaimed album, Channel Orange (2012). Together, Nostalgia Ultra, Channel Orange, Endless, Blonde, and Ocean’s single and collaborative work have shown how surrendering to one self alone, is a form of cultural resistance. Frank Ocean’s writing, both lyrical and literary, complements and provides supplemental dialogue to Barry Jenkin’s Moonlight (2016).Moonlight cinematically portrays the significance in disentangling the spirit of the Black body. When paired together, Ocean and Jenkins’ work challenge the heteropatriarchal perception of Blackness and sexuality. How can Frank Ocean’s spirit and music reconfigure the politicized image of the Black body? How does the character of Chiron embody the strength in submitting to the quiet and one’s vulnerability? The lyrical compositions of Frank Ocean coupled with his lived experiences, fill in the silent moments that linger in Moonlight.They both emphasize the need to both address Black individuality and vulnerability. This work seeks to investigate the ways in which Frank Ocean’s body of work and Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight,have provided multi-layered lens to study Black individuality and further explores the thematic parallels present in each individual piece.

[1]Kevin Quashie, The Sovereignty of Quiet: Beyond Resistance in Black Culture (New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2012), 11-12.

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Nov 23rd, 8:45 AM Nov 23rd, 9:00 AM

Disentangling the Spirit of Black Individuality through music and film

Markstein 107

Collectively, Black culture and Black individuality is typically not afforded the right to vulnerability as they are constantly forced into a mold that deems them as always culturally resistant and loud.[1]However, Black artists use music and storytelling to channel their spirit and mind and to illustrate their interior being. Frank Ocean beautifully exemplifies how one can use music to channel the voices in our head and the memories that build one’s character. He further breaks apart the social constraints placed upon Black artists, or more generally, Black individuals, as he intimately tells the story of the summer he fell in love for the first time with a man, in his heavily acclaimed album, Channel Orange (2012). Together, Nostalgia Ultra, Channel Orange, Endless, Blonde, and Ocean’s single and collaborative work have shown how surrendering to one self alone, is a form of cultural resistance. Frank Ocean’s writing, both lyrical and literary, complements and provides supplemental dialogue to Barry Jenkin’s Moonlight (2016).Moonlight cinematically portrays the significance in disentangling the spirit of the Black body. When paired together, Ocean and Jenkins’ work challenge the heteropatriarchal perception of Blackness and sexuality. How can Frank Ocean’s spirit and music reconfigure the politicized image of the Black body? How does the character of Chiron embody the strength in submitting to the quiet and one’s vulnerability? The lyrical compositions of Frank Ocean coupled with his lived experiences, fill in the silent moments that linger in Moonlight.They both emphasize the need to both address Black individuality and vulnerability. This work seeks to investigate the ways in which Frank Ocean’s body of work and Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight,have provided multi-layered lens to study Black individuality and further explores the thematic parallels present in each individual piece.

[1]Kevin Quashie, The Sovereignty of Quiet: Beyond Resistance in Black Culture (New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2012), 11-12.