Cultural theft is a very complicated issue. Especially when it’s coming from a formerly enslaved people that want credit where credit’s due. Jimmy Page, Sam Phillips, every professional sports team and the US Economy has stolen material from black artists and individuals. The question is what to do about it? Every act of cultural theft returns to a greater pool from which new art originates. Is it theft or just a momentary change of ownership?
“Bleaching Black Culture” wants to be about two things at once, but it only handles one aspect well. Sure, black power is on the rise and the value of consumer control is astounding. But, how does that relate back to the issue of cultural theft? Does having new commercial influence mean that Black Culture is going to segregate itself to take the bleach out of their culture? None of these questions are answered in a satisfactory manner.
The DVD comes with extended interviews and an On the Street POV as the special features. The A/V Quality is strong for standard definition. The transfer is strong enough. Plus, the Dolby stereo track carries the front action. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.
Release Date: 04/21/15