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Kyra D. Gaunt

In: Feminism, Multiculturalism, and the Media: Global Diversities

Chapter 13: African American Women Between Hopscotch and Hip-Hop: “Must Be the Music (That's Turnin' Me On)”

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African American Women Between Hopscotch and Hip-Hop: “Must Be the Music (That's Turnin' Me On)”
African American women between hopscotch and hip-hop: “Must be the music (That's Turnin' Me On)”
Kyra D.Gaunt

How do young, intelligent, black women—single mothers, married, working, or seeking degrees of “higher learning”—how do they negotiate participation in a music that has been labeled “male” and appears to be a contemporary example of the subordination of women in our culture? Contrary to popular belief, there are African American women who are fans of rap music. Their voices have been nearly silenced in the wave of criticisms of misogny against rap. This silence will persist as long as we accept the strongly held notion that rap/hip-hop music1 is exclusively male created and targeted as ...

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