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Brothers Gonna Work It Out: Sexual Politics in the Golden Age of Rap Nationalism / Edition 1

Brothers Gonna Work It Out: Sexual Politics in the Golden Age of Rap Nationalism / Edition 1

by Charise Cheney, Werner Sollors


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ISBN-13: 9780814716137
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 08/01/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Charise cheney is assistant professor of ethnic studies at California State University.

Table of Contents

1 From the Revolutionary War to the “Revolutionary
Generation”: Some Introductory Thoughts on Rap Music, Black Nationalism, and the Golden Age of Rap Nationalism
2 “We Men Ain’t We?” Mas(k)ulinity and the Gendered Politics of Black Nationalism
3 Brothers Gonna Work It Out: The Popular/Political Culture of Rap Music
4 Ladies First? De?ning Manhood in the Golden Age of Rap Nationalism
5 Representin’ God: Masculinity and the Use of the Bible in Rap Nationalism
6 Be True to the Game: Final Re?ections on the Politics and Practices of the Hip-Hop Nation
Selected Bibliography
About the Author

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“In her book, Cheney tries to dispel the notion that all rap music is about sex, violence and bling. . . . The book is insightful—particularly to white Americans who don't get the appeal of Louis Farrakhan or to older African-Americans whose knowledge of black music stops at Smokey Robinson. After reading this book, both groups might at least be tempted to sample some Public Enemy music.”
-The San Luis Obispo Tribune


“A study of rap singers of the 1980s and 90s that sets their political expression in the context of the racial and sexual politics of black nationalism since the early 19th century.”
-The Chronicle


“.[A] must read for anyone interested in the problems of gender and politics in rap music. Charise Cheney combines an historian's insight with an expansive knowledge of hip-hop culture to produce this remarkable study of the rise of artists influenced by black nationalism—the self-proclaimed “raptivists.” Cheney dives head-on into the contentious debates regarding the articulations of masculinity and black nationalism in rap, and how these reflect black Americans' age-old desire for power and authority. A vital contribution.”
-Jane Rhodes,author of Framing the Black Panthers: The Spectacular Rise of a Black Power Icon

“A provocative analysis that no one will be able to ignore. A compelling challenge to consider the ways that patriarchy has influenced the movement for black self-determination.”
-Choice, Highly Recommended


“A lively, unique, and often revisionist perspective on the sexual politics of hip-hop culture.”
-William L. Van Deburg, author of New Day in Babylon: The Black Power Movement and American Culture, 1965-1975

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