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Am I Black Enough for You?: Popular Culture from the 'Hood and Beyond

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ISBN-10: 0253211050
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Boyd, an assistant professor of critical studies at the University of Southern California, fuses academic analysis with hipness in his compassionate and insightful dissection of how the media, especially Hollywood, define African American culture, particularly images of black men, and, conversely, how African Americans define American culture. The entertainment marketplace has become so enormous that there is finally some room for minorities, contends Boyd, but excess still sells best, and excessive and damaging images of black men still dominate. To understand why, Boyd examines the perspectives of two distinct generations, the "affirmative action" group that was "nurtured under the guise of upward social mobility" arising from the civil rights and Black Power movements, and the "Reaganomic" group that grew up under harsh and hopeless economic and social realities. Boyd considers the influence of figures such as Bill Cosby, Spike Lee, gangsta rappers and the filmmakers who chronicle their nihilistic ethos, and black basketball players. Boyd, compelling and thought-provoking, reveals how paradoxical life is for African Americans, even those at the top of their game. Donna Seaman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In Am I Black Enough for You? race, classic, and links to black popular culture are considered in a college-level discourse which probes American society and issues of Afro-American cultural experience. From how rap music relates to politics and black masculinity to differences between folk and popular culture in the black community, this provides much food for thought. -- Midwest Book Review
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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (March 22, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253211050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253211057
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,407,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 29, 1999
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Reading this book allowed me to knock down another wall in understandings of what knowledge and social change is about. I commend the author, Todd Boyd, for putting blakc popular culture in an academic context. If nothing else this made reading the book worth it. But there was much more contained within its chapters. The author discusses several aspects of black popular culture including rap music, hip-hop, film, and even basketball. Boyd illustrates that these are some forms of expression employed by African Americans, which often go unnoticed by official acadmians (as if there is such a thing). There were so many interesting concepts presented. Anyone questioning the function of controversial art forms such as gangsta rap should read this book, as should those who recognize its legitimacy and would like to be better able to articulate its significance to others.
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Fascinating read about a segment of popular culture that doesn't don't normally appeal to me. Though written two decades ago, it still feels relevant and important.
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While being born in the south, yet raised in Harlem USA this was always a topic of discussion. Well done Brother Boyd
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