The C.O.W.S. Gil Scott-Heron THE LAST HOLIDAY Part 6

Friday, July 14th 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific


The Context of White Supremacy hosts the sixth study session on Gil Scott-Heron’s autobiography, The Last Holiday. A poet, author, musician and victim of White Supremacy, Scott-Heron died in 2011. He wrote and performed music that explicitly discussed black lives and how the System of White Supremacy devastates black people. Iconic selections like “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” encourage many to credit Scott-Heron as being a hip-hop music pioneer. Last week’s session described Gil escalating success with Brian Jackson and the Midnight Band. He detailed his relationship with Clive Davis and Arista records – which garnered greater media attention for himself and the band. He again emphasized the importance of black journalism – describing his tour of Johnson Publishing company and his respect for Gary Byrd’s broadcast skills. Substance abuse continues to have a critical role in Gil’s life – he describes seeing black people consume large quantities of cannabis, cocaine, and alcohol. We’ll contrast this memoir to other biographies we’ve covered on the book club – Maya Angelou, Assata Shakur, Malcolm X.

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