Episode 58 – His Beauteous Race

Abstract: In this episode, Karin and Elizabeth discuss the last essay in the Nakan Journal: The Cultural Inheritance of Michael Jackson: reading the Performance of High-Status Blackness in Video and on Stage by Elizabeth Amisu.

REFERENCE AS:

Merx, Karin, and Elizabeth Amisu. “Episode 58 –His Beauteous Race” Podcast, Michael Jackson’s Dream Lives On: An Academic Conversation 9, no. 1 (2022). Published electronically 21/07/2022. https://michaeljacksonstudies.org/episode-58


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Episode 58– His Beauteous Race, Discussing ‘The Cultural Inheritance of Michael Jackson: reading the Performance of High-Status Blackness in Video and on Stage
By Karin Merx & Elizabeth Amisu

Karin Merx BMus, MA, is editor of The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies, and author of  ‘A festive parade of highlights. La Grande Parade as evaluation of the museum policy of Edy De Wilde at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam’. Find out more about Karin here.

Elizabeth Amisu, PGCE, MA, is editor of The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies and author of The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson: His Music, His Persona, and His Artistic Afterlife. Find out more about Elizabeth here.

References

Elizabeth Amisu, The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson: His Music, His Persona, and His Artistic Afterlife (Santa Barbara, California, Praeger, 2016). Amazon

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