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Pimps Up, Ho's Down: Hip Hop's Hold on Young Black Women Paperback – September 1, 2008
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"Sharpley-Whiting’s uncommon perspective is one that deserves to be examined more often."
“Sharpley-Whiting’s book does not suffer from the sort of cowardice one too often hears from black academics who genuflect to hip hop in order to stay current with the tastes of the students who provide them with whatever power they have on college campuses. Sharpley-Whiting calls them as she sees them and wisely quotes the offensive material when necessary. Her book is high level in its research and its thought, and those looking for adult ideas about the subject should look it up.”
-Stanley Crouch,New York Daily News
“Sharpley-Whiting gets at the heart of the paradox . . . and puts the discussion on the turntable.”
“Offers damning evidence about hip hop’s underlying racial and social prejudices, examining the politics of gender and providing a feminist’s perspective and insights into black music’s underlying message.”
-The Midwest Book Review
“Offers an insightful look into the strip clubs, groupie culture, and other aspects of hip hop that have given a voice to the disenfranchised while raising troubling questions about what those voices are saying and doing.”
“Sharpley-Whiting unmasks thought provoking socio-political commentaries concerning sexual obsession in rap music and its effects on the black female sense of self.”
About the Author
T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting is Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies and French at Vanderbilt University, where she also directs the Program in African American and Diaspora Studies and serves as Director of the W. T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies. Author of four books, she was described by cultural critic and scholar Michael Eric Dyson as a rising “superstar” among black intellectuals and “one of the country’s most brilliant and prolific racial theorists” in the Chicago Sun-Times in 2002. She has also co-edited three volumes, including The Black Feminist Reader.
Top Customer Reviews
I question the use of some of the studies the writer used as proof of certain trends--I did not follow up and read the studies, but they didn't seem to be relevant. For example, she used an HIV study to show the effects of hip hop on young women-or the consumption habits of young women- I can't remember.
I wanted to know why women, and the author, continue to support the hip hop industry. The book did not provide an answer.
Ultimately, I was left with more questions than answers--which I don't think is a bad thing, I just wonder what the author wanted me to take away from this work.
Where I begin to struggle with this book is when it focuses solely on the images of women and offering no solutions or suggestions on what can be done to help motivate change. It left me with questions of what can we do to help change future generations perception of the body, feminism/womanism, and hip-hop. I had a hard time believing that nothing could be done and that the future of hip hop would still be dominated by images of women rather than other entities such as voice, activism, or political motivation. I was hoping that there would be some motivation towards change rather than just facts.
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The author repeated the same information too many times throughout the book. This book was a hard read because my attention wasn't captured.Published on November 7, 2013 by Lateisha Arnold
I had to read this for a class and that is the only reason I gave it 2 stars. Would not recommend unless you have to read it.Published on July 9, 2013 by foxmul
There were one or two chapters that were interesting but the information and chapters did not flow.Published on September 17, 2009 by Be-Loved