● Should “black”–as a descriptor or contextual marker–be retired? What are two strong arguments for and two strong arguments against the use of this label as a continued descriptor? Use evidence from the reading and the website to support your conclusions. (Write 100-200 words per argument/conclusion)
● Describe two definitions/perspectives of “beauty” advanced by DeFrantz. How could each of these perspectives adjust how people might view, interpret, judge African American dance? (Write 100 words for each definition/perspective.)
● How do your conclusions above relate to today’s issues of race? Connect your ideas to specific events/issues and tell why your ideas are important to consider in today’s racial climate. (500 words)
Below are some resources
DeFrantz, Thomas. “African American Dance – Philosophy, Aesthetics, and ‘Beauty.’” Topoi, vol. 24, no. 1, Jan. 2005, pp. 93–102.
Gregg Delman Photography. “American Ballet Theatre Soloist Misty Copeland in a Shot from Her 2013 Calendar.” Dancer Misty Copeland Has Broken Barriers to Bring Ballet Center Stage, NY Post, 2 June 2013, nypost.com/2013/06/02/dancer-misty-copeland-has-broken-barriers-to-bring-ballet-center-stage/.
“The Official Website of Misty Copeland.” Misty Copeland, mistycopeland.com/.
Rampersad, Arnold, editor. The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes. Vol. 893, Paw Prints, 2008.