To create art that impacts the heart and mind of the community requires a vision. Realizing that vision is a lifelong journey. You must prepare yourself for the longgame, the longrun. Be religious about it. Superstitious.
- Arthur Flowers, MOJO RISING
An extraordinary memoir that chronicles not just a life, but also an entire belief system, Mojo Rising follows the enlightened path of an African-American philosophical and spiritual firebrand. A modern-day hoodoo man working his "mojo"-the empowerment of black souls-through the cultivation of hoodoo practice, Arthur Flowers continues a tradition birthed by Zora Neale Hurston and Ishmael Reed. With academic and emotional vigor, Mojo Rising fosters the transformation of hoodoo into a twenty-first century afrospiritual ideology and literary framework.
Unflinchingly honest, passionate and ever conscious of his role in the complex evolution of black society, Flowers fuses scholarship and soul-searching into this progressive literary riff.
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ARTHUR FLOWERS is the author of two novels, De Mojo Blues and Another Good Loving Blues, and a children's book, Cleveland Lee's Beale Street Band. He is the recipient of a NEA Fiction fellowship. He is the webmaster of Rootwork.com and a performance artist whose presentation, Delta Oracle: A Griot Speaks in Tongues, keeps him busy. He teaches fiction in the Syracuse University MFA Program and is Executive Director of New Renaissance Writers Guild, NYC.Review:
Fusing Philosophy, Religion, History, Autobiography...Flowers put his soul into this work...challenging popular presumptions about African-American writers. -- Ishmael Reed, author of Mumbo Jumbo and Conjure
Mojo Rising is a work-in-motion ... a rumination on the past ... meditation on the future-both personal and collective. -- Ike Okafor-Newsum, African American & African Studies, Ohio State University
...brilliant, honest, energetic...No study of black intellectual strategy can ignore this passionate hoodoo ceremonial. A triumph and treasure! -- Houston A. Baker, Jr., author of Blues, Ideology and Afro-American Literature: A Vernacular Theory, Duke University
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Book Description Wanganegresse Press, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0971581606
Book Description Wanganegresse Press, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110971581606