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Wilfred D. SamuelsRacialized Politics of Desire in Personal Ads, edited by Neal A. Lester and Maureen Daly Goggin, provides critical insights into how African Americans influence and are influenced by American popular culture during the computer age. Using the often raw, radical, bold, unabashed, and edgy language of these ads contributors move this medium, through carefully written and well-researched scholarly articles beyond what might be perceived as not so veiled pornography to study, deconstruct, and assess the deeper questions and issues related to race, class and gender problematize in these narratives. Significantly, these scholars break the taboo and silence often associated with the spectrum of black sexuality, sexual preference and sexual orientation, moving these topics beyond reductive stereotypes and essentialism to a more complex, dynamic an anti-essentialist view and level.
Racialized Politics of Desire in Personal Ads crosses several boundaries to challenges the popularly held belief that African American contributions to contemporary American popular culture is limited to rap and hip hop. Each essays bears witness to the complexity of black life in our post modern world.