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The Lyrics of Prince: A Literary Look at a Creative, Musical Poet, Philosopher, and Storyteller By C. Liegh McInnis
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The Lyrics of Prince is an analysis of the lyrical themes, movements, and development of Prince. McInnis seeks to show that Prince is a lyrical talent on par with Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, and... More > Jimi Hendrix. At the core, the book shows that Prince is a metaphysical poet attempting to reconcile his individual desires in a strict and confining society. Thus, McInnis shows that Prince’s work is a barometer for the sensibilities of the eighties as well as provides insight to the post Civil Rights African American who is grappling with place as an individual, a member of a race, and within the general society. Prince’s work both mirrors and challenges the attitudes of his generation as he is an artist thinking about how best to manipulate as well as solve the fears, pains, and anxieties of his time.< Less
Scripts: Sketches and Tales of Urban Mississippi By C. Liegh McInnis
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Scripts: Sketches and Tales of Urban Mississippi addresses the lingering issues of Afro-Mississippi struggles while contextualizing present-day issues in the frame of history. The opening story,... More > "Transition," is the tale of a family's flight from rural Mississippi to Jackson, Mississippi. The following story, "Poni's Trail," takes the reader to New York City, back to rural Mississippi and finally Jackson, Mississippi. Along the way, you meet engaging characters with anger and confusion. One theme that resonates through the pages is Art. The reader is provided with what art and making art means to the characters. The reader also gets a glimpse of some historical issues, including the explanation and history of the HBCU existence, its failures, and successes. While the short stories are entertaining, they provide a sociological and psychological view of the people of Mississippi.< Less