In “Medicine for Melancholy” the Personal is Political

These two San Franciscans come from opposite poles of the African-American social spectrum. Supported by her white art-curator lover, who is in London, Joanne lives what Micah calls an "indie" life, which he considers anti-black. Micah is an African-American Firster, determined to promote what he considers to be authentic black experiences. When Joanne suggests a visit to San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art, Micah counters with a trip to the Museum of the African Diaspora. Later, Micah explains how city planning and continued gentrification have forced the black population out of San Francisco.

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