Young Black Rich and Famous The Rise of the NBA The Hip Hop Invasion and the Transformation of American Culture In this controversial look at the impact of cutting edge black urban culture on contemporary America Dr Todd Boyd the man CNN deemed the hip hop professor uses the intertwining worlds of basketball
In this controversial look at the impact of cutting edge black urban culture on contemporary America, Dr Todd Boyd, the man CNN deemed the hip hop professor, uses the intertwining worlds of basketball and hip hop as a powerful metaphor for exploring the larger themes of race, class, and identity In the 1970s, as a direct result of both the civil rights and the black poIn this controversial look at the impact of cutting edge black urban culture on contemporary America, Dr Todd Boyd, the man CNN deemed the hip hop professor, uses the intertwining worlds of basketball and hip hop as a powerful metaphor for exploring the larger themes of race, class, and identity In the 1970s, as a direct result of both the civil rights and the black power movements, black popular culture became a visible, influential presence in mainstream film, television, music, and sports Basketball, in particular, reflected the changing landscape The NBA came to be dominated by young black men whose potent combination of fame and wealth, often coupled with a defiance of white s, profoundly disrupted the status quo At the same time, hip hop music was emerging from the streets of New York City An expression of and a response to urban conditions, it served as a way of being heard when many other forces attempted to suffocate the black voice It, too, aroused strong reactions In Young, Black, Rich and Famous, Todd Boyd chronicles how basketball and hip hop have gone from being reviled by the American mainstream to being embraced and imitated globally For young black men, he argues, they represent a new version of the American dream, one that embodies the hopes and desires of those excluded from the original version Shedding light on both perceptions and reality, Boyd shows that the NBA has been at the forefront of recognizing and incorporating cultural shifts from the initial image of 1970s basketball players as overpaid black drug addicts, to Michael Jordan s spectacular rise as a universally admired icon, to the 1990s, when the hip hop aesthetic for example, Allen Iverson s cornrows, multiple tattoos, and defiant, in your face attitude appeared on the basketball court Hip hop lyrics, with their emphasis on keepin it real and marked by a colossal indifference to mainstream taste, became an equally powerful influence on young black men These two influences have created a brand new, brand name generation that refuses to assimilate but is nonetheless an important part of mainstream American culture A thought provoking examination of basketball and music the two rarefied spaces where the most fundamental elements of blackness are articulated and played out, both internally and for the masses Young, Black, Rich and Famous brilliantly captures a culture and a sensibility that are at once unique, influential, and sometimes intimidating to so many.
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