From Jim Crow to Jay-Z coverby Miles White ’92

This multilayered study of the representation of black masculinity in musical and cultural performance takes aim at the reduction of African American male culture to stereotypes of deviance, misogyny, and excess. Broadening the significance of hip-hop culture by linking it to other expressive forms within popular culture, White examines how these representations have both encouraged the demonization of young black males in the United States and abroad and contributed to the construction of their identities. White was a Riley Fellow in the CC music department from 2005-07.

ISBN-13: 978-0252078323. Published by University of Illinois Press, 2011.