Jane Rhodes looks at Framing The Black Panthers: The Spectacular Rise of a Black Power Icon.Four decades after the party's demise, the Black Panthers continue to inspire new stories, hip-hop artists, reality television, and enough films to justify a Black Panther film festival.Jane Rhodes, dean of the Study of Race and Ethnicity and chair of the American studies department at Macalester College, charts the Black Nationalist's extraordinary rise to the status of media icons, and explains the fascination that the Panthers continue to hold. Rhodes suggests that the Panthers, with their button-making, newspaper distribution, and irresistible photo-ops, may have been the nation's first truly media-savvy activists - Cody's Booksmoreless
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