Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities

Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities

by Mark Anthony Neal

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814758366
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 04/22/2013
Series: Postmillennial Pop Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Mark Anthony Neal is Professor of African & African American Studies at Duke University. He is the author of several books, including New Black Man and Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic , and the host of the weekly webcast Left of Black.

Table of Contents

Preface: Waiting for Leroy ix
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1
1 A Foot Deep in the Culture: The Thug Knowledge(s) of
A Man Called Hawk 13
2 “My Passport Says Shawn”: Toward a Hip-Hop
Cosmopolitanism 35
3 The Block Is Hot: Legibility and Loci in The Wire 87
4 R. Kelly’s Closet: Shame, Desire, and the Confessions of a
(Postmodern) Soul Man 117
5 Fear of a Queer Soul Man: The Legacy of Luther
Vandross 143
Postscript: Looking for Denzel, Finding Barack 169
Notes 181
Index 197
About the Author 207

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From the Publisher

Mark Anthony Neal is one of our most consistently interesting and inspiring critics of contemporary black popular culture and music, to which Looking for Leroy is brilliant testament. It showcases Neal’s masterful ability to take iconic figures of black masculinity, from Avery Brooks’s neo-cool Hawk to Shawn Carter’s neo-queer Jay-Z, and show them to us in an entirely new light. This is an incredibly powerful little book, and readers will never look at R. Kelly or Luther Vandross the same way again."-John L. Jackson, Jr.,author of Racial Paranoia: The Unintended Consequences of Political Correctness

"Mark Anthony Neal takes us on a fantastic journey searching for the meaning of black masculinity in the USA. As we join him in Looking for Leroy, we find queer and feminist answers to questions about legibility and illegibility, visibility and invisibility, violation and vulnerability. No one writes with more passion, power and speculative brilliance about black masculinity than Neal and no one but Neal would manage to produce a theory of black masculinity capable of explaining the smoothness of Luther Vandross, the cosmopolitan genius of Jay-Z, the enigma of Leroy from Fame, and the sheer brute force of Snoop from The Wire. Genius."-Jack Halberstam,author of Female Masculinity (1998) and Gaga Feminism (2012)

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