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Must include: 1) The artist’s background 2) The artist’s A) genre & B) the aesthetic qualities of their art 3) Your evaluation of whether the artists’ cultural products meet the three criteria for Black art as defined by Karenga in Introduction to Black Studies (364-365). Answer the following questions using supporting evidence and examples from the course readings and the credible/scholarly resources you found in your research for the annotated bibliography: • A) Is the artist’s literature functional? (Is it useful? Does it urge social purpose, inform, instruct and inspire the people, and is it unapologetically partial to Black people?) • B) Is the literature collective? (Was the it done for all? Was it inspired by all Black people and their cultures? If so, what aspects of Black culture does it reflect? Was it rooted in life-based language and images that were full of everyday relevance? Provide supporting examples. Was it understandable without being overly simplistic?) • C) Is the literature committing? (Did it commit Black people to the historical project of liberation and achievement of a higher level of human life? Did it demand and urge involvement in the struggle to build a new world and new people to live in it? Did it teach Black people to dare victory?) 4) Discuss new understandings, perspectives, appreciation, or insight you gained from working on this project. (For instance how it relates to you or your community, your perspective on whether the artist should be judged from the committed-art perspective. Why or why not?) Rubric: You will be graded on the following- (logical organization; relevance; supporting evidence, examples & citations; evaluation & analysis; clarity) Logical organization – Ideas and information are well organized, presentation has strong introduction and conclusion. Interview’s relevance to the assignment’s instructions and African-American culture topics Supporting/background evidence and examples provided from credible & scholarly sources & cited in Chicago style: A) course reading, B) credible source, C) scholarly source Evaluation & analysis- A) of three Black art characteristics B) of understandings, perspectives, or appreciation gained Clarity – paragraph structure, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, wording, and grammar in the presentation