Entertainment Industry and other works

by Ellen Gillingham

Essex Hemphill

Essex Hemphill was an American poet and activist in the late 20th century.  In his poem “Heavy Breathing,” he states, “I am eager to burn this threadbare masculinity, this perpetual … Continue reading

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Response to “New Black Man” by Mark Anthony Neal and “Scripting the Black Masculine Body” by Ronald Jackson

Neal and Jackson both write about definitions of gender and its relation to society. Both readings illuminate the importance of understanding deeper meanings of black masculinities and identity. They acknowledge … Continue reading

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Carceral Masculinity

            The prison system is a structuring mechanism of racial control in society.  “Carceral masculinity” is masculinities that are informed by relation to prison.  The prison is infused into black … Continue reading

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Being Hard

Byron Hurt’s Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, shows that representations of masculine standards of hardness create issues in popular culture, so it is important to make sense of the … Continue reading

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Response to “In 2011, NYPD Made More Stops Of Young Black Men Than The Total Number Of Young Black Men In New York” by Ali Gharib

The article “In 2011, NYPD Made More Stops Of Young Black Men Than The Total Number Of Young Black Men In New York” by Ali Gharib is about the disproportionate … Continue reading

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Response to “Scripting the Black Masculine Body” by Romald L. Jackson II and “New Black Man” by Mark Anthony Neal

Chapter four of Jackson’s “Scripting the Black Masculine Body” illuminates how Black popular culture is a vehicle for hip-hop and pimp film artists. In addition, Black film producers and their … Continue reading

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Response to “So High You Can’t Get Over it, So Low You Can’t Get Under it” by Rashad Shabazz

“So High You Can’t Get Over it, So Low You Can’t Get Under it” by Rashad Shabazz explains similarities between the Robert Taylor Homes, Mining Compounds, and prison. Similarities lie … Continue reading

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