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AAAS 331: Screening of "Putney Swope" (dir. Robert Downey, Sr., 1987)

Presented in partnership with

Duke’s African & African American Studies Department


Join us at NorthStar, in partnership with Department of African & African-American Studies @ Duke University (AAAS) for a free, public screening of "Putney Swope" (1969) as a part of Mark Anthony Neal's AAAS 331 course on Black Popular Culture.

This event is free and open to the public.

Please RSVP at the ticket link to save yourself a seat.

Black Popular Culture: Dick Gregory and the History of Black Comedy

At the peak of his fame in the 1960's, Dick Gregory may have been the most influential comedian in America, offering truths about race, the Black community and politics in an era highlighted by the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement. Dick Gregory and the History of BlacK Comedy will examine the roots of the Black comedic tradition that informed Gregory's art and activism, with a particular focus, in the spirit of Mr. Gregory, on the ways in which Black comedy has been used in the quest for civil and human rights.

The course will also highlight the role of Black literary satire, including the work of George Schuyler and Ollie Harrington, as well as contemporary examples such as novelists Danzy Senna, Kiese Laymon, Paul Beatty, and Fran Ross, cartoonist Aaron McGruder, comedians Issa Rae, Dave Chappelle, Wanda Sykes, Chris Rock and, even critical race theorist and legal scholar Derrick Bell.