Undercurrents TV Sheila Nopper Interview with Lillian Allen

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In conversation with media activist and freelance journalist Sheila Nopper, Lillian Allen discusses the origins of dub poetry and its contemporary manifestations and intersections with reggae music and social justice movements. Allen reads dub poetry selections "Knife Edge of Good Womanhood," "To the Child," and "Nelly Belly Swelly" that show how she has helped expand the forms of rap, hip-hop, and dub poetry to feminist content and sensibilities. As Nopper writes: "Lillian Allen is a vocal resistor who has broken many barriers of silence about female culture and identity. She has utilized her voice and her poetics to challenge explicitly and implicitly, the power relationship within society, between men and women and among women. She dared to be different, to call into question norms of society. Allen has stood up for her rights, followed her inner voice, her truth and her spirit. In so doing, she has validated not only her own existence but the existence of female culture" ("Vocal Resistors" Herizons Magazine, vol 11, no. 3, 1997).


Additional Info

  • Título: Undercurrents TV Sheila Nopper Interview with Lillian Allen
  • Alternate Title: Undercurrentts
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duração: 00:27:05
  • Idioma: English
  • Data da performance: 1993
  • Type/Format: performance, film
  • Cast/Performers: Don Flatt, production personnel ; Don Flatt, Technical crew ; Nancy Macdougal, Technical crew ; Peter Kopec, Technical crew. Sheila Nopper, interviewer ; Lillian Allen, interviewee. Lillian Allen, musician.
  • Credits: Sheila Nopper, producer.