NYU Black Renaissance Noire Winter 2014 - Page 6

My Take By QUINCY TROUPE It is October 2014, and the absurd notion we are living in “a post-Black” era in America has finally been put to rest — at least for me — by two events that occurred over the past several months. o Michael Brown Now, I am not a Black nationalist per se. I like all kinds of artistic expression. I like figuration as well as abstraction. I like diversity and variety and a little controversy to keep the juices flowing. What I don’t like is the lack of continuity among African American artistic and literary and culture thinking inherent in the notion of a “post-Black” national idea that spawns something like Kara Walker’s mammy sugar sculpture in Brooklyn. Most notably what happened in Ferguson, Missouri in early August of this year and the V