The Modern Athlete, Hip-Hop, and Popular Perceptions of Black Masculinity

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Thabiti L. Lewis

Abstract

The essay explores how black masculinity is situated in modern popular culture) as violent and hyper-masculine, American nightmares. It also examines the racial and power dynamics at play that allow such reifications of the notion that black men as “dangerous” in arenas of mass/popular cultural consumption in American society—namely sport culture and hip hop.

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Lewis, T. L. (2008). The Modern Athlete, Hip-Hop, and Popular Perceptions of Black Masculinity. AmeriQuests, 6(1). https://doi.org/10.15695/amqst.v6i1.146
Author Biography

Thabiti L. Lewis, Washington State University

Thabiti Lewis is Assistant Professor of English and American Studies at Washington State University Vancouver. He is the author of Ballers of the New School: Race and Sport in America (fortch coming Third World Press). He is completing a book length study of Toni Cade Bambara’s fiction