Labelle: Funk, Feminism, and the Politics of Flight and Fight

  title={Labelle: Funk, Feminism, and the Politics of Flight and Fight},
  author={Francesca T. Royster},
  journal={American Studies},
  pages={77 - 98}
For now he knew what Shalimar knew: if you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.Toni Morrison, Song of SolomonFlyyyyyy!Patti LaBelle, "Somewhere over the Rainbow"Part I: Flight-Breath, Movement, ElsewheresLabelle, the powerful funk/rock/soul group that performed and recorded from 1971 to 1977, had the power to shake up the room. Make the walls thump with their voices. Liftfolks up till they soar. On a 1975 appearance on Soul Train, at the height of the group's popularity, the audience… 
3 Citations

Figures from this paper

Alegropolis: Wakanda and Black Panther’s Hall of Mirrors
  • A. Kabir
  • Art
    The Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry
  • 2020
The climax of the film Black Panther (directed by Ryan Coogler, 2018) shows the two heirs claiming the Black Panther’s mantle battling it out in a tunnel that is modernity's dark hull. My article
Let's Flip It! Quare Emancipations: Black Queer Traditions, Afrofuturisms, Janelle Monáe to Labelle
I begin today by asking y’all to fl ip it. No, I don’t mean to turn a somersault. I mean “fl ip the script.” That is, as the Oxford English Dictionary defi nes “fl ip,” “to make an unexpected or


Feeling the Spirit in the Dark: Expanding Notions of the Sacred in the African-American Gay Community
"Spirit in the Dark" is one of many songs recorded by the "Queen of Soul" diva, Aretha Franklin, that blurs the boundaries between the sacred and the secular-both through its lyrics and its musical
A Bad Woman Feeling Good: Blues and the Women Who Sing Them
An exciting lineage of women singers-originating with Ma Rainey and her protegee Bessie Smith-shaped the blues, launching it as a powerful, expressive vehicle of emotional liberation. Along with
Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture, 1970-1979
Opening with David Mancuso’s seminal “Love Saves the Day” Valentine’s party, Tim Lawrence tells the definitive story of American dance music culture in the 1970s—from its subterranean roots in NoHo
The funk era and beyond : new perspectives on black popular culture
PART I: PRELUDE FROM THE FUNKMASTER Sly Stone and the Sanctified Church M. A. Neal PART II. INTRODUCTION Theorizing the Funk: An Introduction T. Bolden PART III. INSIDE THE FUNK SHOP: WRITINGS ON THE
Living the Funk: Lifestyle, Lyricism, and Lessons in Modern and Contemporary Art of Black Women
The proceedings of the conference, “Funkativity in Black Culture” affirmed the concept of “funk” as a performative category of artistic, cultural, and political expression.1 If “funk” can be
Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity
Acknowledgments Introduction: Feeling Utopia1 Queerness as Horizon: Utopian Hermeneutics in the Face of Gay Pragmatism2 Ghosts of Public Sex: Utopian Longings, Queer Memories 3 The Future Is in the
Introduction: Future Texts
In popular mythology, the early years of the late-1990s digital boom were characterized by the rags-to-riches stories of dot-com millionaires and the promise of a placeless, raceless, bodiless near
Songs in the Key of Black Life: A Rhythm and Blues Nation
Acknowledgments Prologue Introduction Rhythm 1. Revolutionary Mixtape 2. Grown Ass Women 3. Digging the Scene (with the Gangsta Lean) 4. Habermas in the Hood 5. Sexual Healing (the Oh My! Interlude)
Funk: The Music, The People, and The Rhythm of The One
FUNK: It's the only musical genre ever to have transformed the nation into a throbbing army of bell-bottomed, hoop-earringed, rainbow-Afro'd warriors on the dance floor. Its rhythms and lyrics turned
Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture
Alice Echols reveals the ways in which disco transformed popular music, propelling it into new sonic territory and influencing rap, techno, and trance. She probes the complex relationship between