Musings of a Postmodern Negro

"During times of war, hatred becomes quite respectable, even though it has to masquerade often under the guise of patriotism."- Howard Thurman

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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Rize: non-violent dance against the Powers

Maurice Broaddus has written a review of the movie Rize. Some of his insights deeply resonate with me. For the past couple of years I have been straining my soul to find my place in the Body of Christ. One of the products of that straining has been this notion of having a post-modern, ancient-future, black Christian faith. Through the works of Leonard Sweet and Robert Webber I have been blown away by this concept of ancient-future. And what has come about over the past several months has been an exercise in imagination: what would an ancient-future, postmodern, black Christianity look like. And what Maurice describes definitly fits into this vision.

Here are some of his thoughts:

Then maidens will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow. Jeremiah 31:13

Brought to us by director David LaChapelle (the fashion photographer whose contribution to pop culture includes the Christina Aguilera's "Dirrty" video), Rize is a documentary chronicling the practice of "Clowning" and "Krumping". Odds are that you've never heard of either way of dancing, though you may have seen the hyper-kinetic hip-hop dance stylings in videos (the dance is often so frenetic that the film has to assure us that the frames haven't been sped up).

The movie makes the case that this radical dance form serves an enormous (potential) role in the black communities in South Central Los Angeles. The dancing is important as serious forms of spiritual; and artistic expression, and as an alternative to gang participation."


Anonymous Jamie Arpin-Ricci said...


I am going to have to keep my eyes open for this one. I believe that there is a need for us to recognize the spiritual authority of dance and other creative expressions. Thanks for the heads up.

Jamie Arpin-Ricci

July 21, 2005 10:15 PM  
Blogger St.Phransus said...

i havent' seen the movie advertised in nashville yet. i'm really interested in seeing it now, though.


July 23, 2005 6:55 AM  
Blogger Eric Lee said...

I saw this movie a few weeks ago here in San Diego. It's awesome. Very, very positive and upbeat for the alternative it embodies to gangs in L.A. Parts of it were even almost evangelistic in nature about Church.

It's hard to tell how central their faith is to their lives as it was narrated as just a part of their lives, but you really can't expect much more from a guy who directs a lot of Brittany Spears and Christina Aguilera music videos, I guess.

Highly recommended movie!



August 22, 2005 4:42 PM  

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