CANCELED: Author Event | Faith Pennick: Voodoo
Tuesday March 31, 2020: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room
Due to circumstances beyond our control, this event has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Filmmaker, writer and University of Michigan alumna Faith Pennick discusses her new book Voodoo, a look at how D'Angelo's album became a touchstone for R&B/Soul in the early 2000s and its integral role in initiating the "neo-soul" movement.
Voodoo, D'Angelo's much-anticipated 2000 release, set the standard for the musical cycle ordained as "neo-soul," a label the singer and songwriter would reject more than a decade later. The album was a product of heightened emotions and fused sensibilities; an amalgam of soul, rock, jazz, gospel, hip-hop, and Afrobeats. D'Angelo put to music his own pleasures and insecurities as a man-child in the promised land. It was both a tribute to his musical heroes: Prince, Sly Stone, Marvin Gaye, J Dilla...and a deconstruction of rhythm and blues itself.
Despite nearly universal acclaim, the sonic expansiveness of Voodoo proved too nebulous for airplay on many radio stations, seeping outside the accepted lines of commercial R&B music. Voodoo was Black, it was definitely magic, and it was nearly overshadowed by a four-minute music video featuring D'Angelo's sweat-glistened six-pack abs. "The Video" created an accentuated moment when the shaman lost control of the spell he cast.
Author Faith Pennick is a Chicago-born, Los Angeles-based filmmaker and writer. Her most recent film is Weightless, a documentary short about plus-sized female scuba divers. Her other films include the documentary Silent Choices and narrative short film Running on Eggshells. Pennick is also a contributing writer to pop culture website The Learned Fangirl.
This event is in partnership with Literati Bookstore. It includes a signing with books for sale.