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DJ Blackface: House Music and Cultural Appropriation

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Check out this really interesting podcast on the Black roots of house (and techno) music, and the white DJs that adopt fake Black personas and histories to get street cred. It would be appalling if it wasn't such a common trope for cultural art forms coming out of Black America.

I learned a lot about the history of house music, rooted in the experience of queer African-Americans and other marginalized groups. Download link.

[From Code Switch, NPR.]

Here's another interesting article on dance music and racial appropriation, focused on "Ellis de Havilland."

And another one on reclaiming the Black and Queer roots of dance music.

And lastly another longer NPR piece on reclaiming the Queer dance floor

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