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#TBT: Revisiting ‘The Wiz’s’ Impact on The Culture | Colorlines

#TBT: Revisiting ‘The Wiz’s’ Impact on The Culture | Colorlines Ease on down the road of film history via a 40th anniversary retrospective essay from the Los Angeles Times.

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Writer Gerrick D. Kennedy commemorated the 40th anniversary of “The Wiz” yesterday (October 24) by revisiting its themes and impact on Black pop culture for the Los Angeles Times.

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For a generation of Black Americans, this was the first time they saw people who spoke, sung and moved the way they did in a Broadway production and, later, a big-screen musical, and it has become a kind of rite of passage for the Black community.

Kennedy notes that the adaptation of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” which began as a Broadway show, allowed many African Americans to finally see their worlds reflected in a fantastical story.


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