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The Black Power Mixtape

Essential viewing to anyone concerned with contemporary U.S. history, THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE is a compilation of footage shot by a group of Swedish journalists following the American Black Power Movement between 1967 and 1975.

Director: Göran Olsson
Year: 2011
Time: 100 min

 The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
(2011) on IMDb

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Stay informed about contemporary race issues by logging on to ColorLines, a website containing a comprehensive overview of race injustice and ways to get involved.

Read Angela Davis’s first book, If They Come in the Morning: Voices of Resistance, which she penned in prison. The book examines the notion of the political prisoner and racial injustice in general.

Learn more about the Anti-Racist Alliance, which aims to “undo structural racism in our lifetime.”


Related Articles and Resources

Interview With Göran Hugo Olsson

“This material couldn’t lay around forever; it had to be put out, and put out in a way that’s accessible for an audience in high school or university.”

Rob White interviews Swedish director Göran Hugo Olsson about the creation of THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE. Read the full interview on Film Quaterly.

Remembering Attica Prison

“1971: Nearly half of Attica prison’s approximately 2,200 inmates rebelled and seized control of the prison. Some were angry over the death of an African American activist at another prison, while others revolted because they were unhappy with the brutal living conditions inside Attica.”

A brutal chapter in history, a story worth remembering. Read the full article here. 


Listen to our playlist with music from the film on Spotify.

Who’s Telling You Your Stories?

A review addressing the films authenticity. Read the article on the Huffington Post.

Racial Tensions Behind Sweden’s Idyllic Facade

“They’re pretty angry, and it’s nighttime; black people get pretty angry when there’s no sun.”
“Don’t you think that’s pretty racist?” I asked. Karl hesitated for a moment, shooting a look at his drinking companion before removing his Ray-Bans and turning back to me. “I’m not racist,” he said. “I’m Swedish.”

Read Sam Piranty’s article on what’s boiling under the surface of Sweden’s idyllic facade.


Shining a light on racial injustice and those who stand against it.

Danny Glover and Kathleen Cleaver on THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE

An interview with film director and political activist, Danny Glover, and Professor Kathleen Cleaver – former communications secretary of the Black Panther Party.

Interview With Angela Davis

“The fact is important gains were made and those gains are still visible today.”

Angela Davis talk about history, change and future prospects in an interview on PBS.

Interview With Kwame Ture

An interview with activist Kwame Ture, also known as Stokely Charmichael.

I Can’t Breathe

“Order rooted in and maintained and restored by fear, intimidation, brutality and incarceration is immoral and untenable. Justice is order’s intended soul mate. But serving justice is twice as hard as serving fear.”

Read Jason Whitlock’s interpretation on the situation for Black people in contemporary America.


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