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Barack and Curtis: a sizzling critique of black masculinity in the media

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=H5YoS3bqk5g

Since relatively few black men end up as gangsters, rappers or presidents, the notion that black western masculinity travels on a linear progression between Barack Obama and 50 Cent is deeply problematic. Between rap and the Oval office there is a world of popular black male figures inhabited by the likes of Chris Rock, Lewis Hamilton, Denzel Washington and Dave Chappelle – to name just a few.

Fortunately this short film soon moves off role modelling to the far more complex issue of what the simultaneous rise and popularity of these two men might mean in terms of race and class in America. I'm a big fan of Byron Hurt's work. And while there are too many people cavalierly talking on behalf of black men and communities for such a short piece, it is none the less a rich, original and thought-provoking treatment of a subject that has proved a magnet for shallow, shabby stereotypes

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Comment by Jif on December 24, 2008 at 8:19pm
I really liked that documentary thank you. I am really excited that the US elections has lead to more public spaces which are open to discussing the issues of race and masculinity. It is a brilliant time to really start addressing these issues and hopefully letting lose the boundaries of what it means to be black and what it means to be male. I really like the way they touch on the complexity of hip hop culture, as i am tired of people dismissing hip hop as violent and misogynistic, of course it does reflect white patriarchy but it both forms and is formed by society, there is a relationship between them and the men in the main stream hip hop industry should not just be completely demonized and dismissed.
Comment by DJ Prime Minister on December 5, 2008 at 10:52am
interesting!!!


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