How Many Black Films Feature Rock Soundtracks? (Survey)
As Pop Culture would have it, you’d think that black people only listen to Hip-Hop and R&B. Just take a look at any product geared toward African-Americans whether it’s a movie or McDonald’s commercial and the underlying thread is usually the music.
And what about when black characters are introduced in mainstream movies with an accompanying rap soundtrack that announces their “blackness” like it’s on display. Is that necessary? Does that annoy that heck out of you or has it become something that you accept as normal?
Seriously, how often do you see black films spotlighting indie rock or alternative bands?
I wish I had a long list but only a couple films come to mind: Medicine for Melancholy and I’m Through With White Girls. Not only did Barry Jenkins craft a good story, the soundtrack is pretty rad featuring songs from New York synth-pop wonders Au Revoir Simone and music from Tom Waits.
Are black filmmakers not wanting to go an alternative route with soundtracks? Do they face opposition from studios when it comes to soundtrack choices? Are black audiences not ready for rock soundtracks? What’s the deal?
Let’s discuss. Share your thoughts and share some soundtracks.
And here’s a couple defining songs from…
Medicine for Melancholy – “Meet Me By The Water” by Saturday Looks Good.
I’m Through With White Girls – “Control” by MuteMath.
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