Hubert FichteThe Black City
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The Black City is a portrait of New York written by Hubert Fichte between 1978 and 1980. Fichte researched the city as the center of the African diaspora, conducting interviews and composing essays about syncretism in culture and the arts, material living conditions in the city, and political and individual struggles based on race, class, and sexuality. Fichte’s writing provocatively exposes the complexities of its author’s subjectivity in a manner that underscores the singularity of his writing while prompting questions about how notions of exploitation, authority, and authenticity manifest themselves in pseudo-ethnographic practices.