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Liberation Movements and Black-on-Black Survival Love

It’s No Ordinary Love

Steven Randolph Cureton

Black women are long overdue for proper recognition as primary love interests and researchers who are so inclined must do a better job of uncovering examples of black men who proclaim black women as more than a default companion. A primary objective of this book is to examine love letters, civil rights pursuits, and interpersonal relations amongst prominent liberation icons. Additionally, exploring colorism, black power, nihilism, race manners, race matters, black feminism, secular verification of spirituality and racial casting will hopefully provide insight concerning whether black-on-black love is a survival type of love. This is attractive for any undergraduate and graduate level courses seeking to understand the nature of the black experience in America. Moreover, this book is intended to reach audiences interested in the real thin line between love and hate amongst black men and black women.
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Chapter Four I’ll Be There for You: Elaine Brown’s Bittersweet Taste of Power


During black human events, such as a black revolution, revolutionaries are essential. When a black revolutionary is a black woman, the tide will change, if you get my drift. Enter a female phenom named Elaine Brown. Elaine Brown brought the scent of a woman to an otherwise sweat, blood, and testicular stench of black men who were leading a revolution based on wretched guesses that were dipped in the idea of revolutionary suicide, risking death in exchange for improving existential freedoms. This chapter examines Elaine Brown’s experiences as presented in her book A Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story and will not be a singularly focused treatise about her sexual choices except where contextually relevant. This chapter will not serve as an indictment about female leadership over a male-dominated culture; however, the nuances of femininity interacting with combustible masculinity will be addressed. It is important to begin with the agenda of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense so that there is a better understanding of the phase Elaine Brown assumed leadership. It is also important to acknowledge the military wing of the Black Power movement in a ←59 | 60→ manner that provides a basic orientation concerning the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense.

The primary modus operandi was to weaponize the movement to generate mutual fear and increase the perception of reactionary violence. In so doing, the Panthers moved to seize upon a righteous, dignified living by directly confronting agents and institutions that acted in ways to prohibit...

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