By T. Denean Denean Sharpley-Whiting

ISBN-10: 0814740146

ISBN-13: 9780814740149

Pimps Up, Ho's Down offers an essential severe review of the sexual exploitation of ladies and ladies all too regularly occurring in hip hop tradition and in our greater society. This clever and sensitively written learn is obligatory studying for these people who needs to cease the violence. --Darlene Clark Hine, co-author of A Shining Thread of wish: The heritage of Black ladies in America

"This compelling, well-researched-and alarming-account of ways hip hop tradition has impacted the lives and formed the identities of younger black girls may be learn through men and women of each generation." --Paula Giddings, writer of When and the place I input: The impression of Black ladies on Race and intercourse in America

Pimps Up, Ho's Down pulls on the threads of the intricately knotted concerns surrounding younger black girls and hip hop tradition. What unravels for Tracy D. Sharpley-Whiting is a brand new, and challenging, politics of gender. during this attention-grabbing and forceful ebook, Sharpley-Whiting, a feminist author who's a member of the hip hop iteration, interrogates the complexities of younger black women's engagement with a tradition that's masculinist, misogynistic, and often mystifying.

Beyond their portrayal in rap lyrics, the show of black girls in song movies, tv, movie, model, and on the web is fundamental to the mass media engineered charm of hip hop tradition, the writer argues. And the economic trafficking within the pictures and behaviors linked to hip hop has made them seem basic, applicable, and entertaining-both within the U.S. and worldwide.

Sharpley-Whiting questions the affects of hip hop's expanding alliance with the intercourse undefined, the increase of groupie tradition within the hip hop global, the influence of hip hop's obligatory heterosexual tradition on younger black ladies, and the permeation of the hip hop ethos into younger black women's conceptions of affection and romance.

The writer understands her topic from the interior. Coming of age within the midst of hip hop's evolution within the overdue Eighties, she combined her graduate reviews with paintings as a runway and print version within the Nineteen Nineties. Her ebook positive aspects interviews with unique dancers, black hip hop groupies, and hip hop new release contributors Jacklyn "Diva" Bush, rapper Trina, and filmmaker Aishah Simmons, in addition to the voices of many "everyday" younger ladies.

Pimps Up, Ho's Down turns down the amount and amplifies the substance of discussions approximately hip hop tradition and to supply an area for younger black girls to be heard.

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7 That racial categories are social constructs rather than biological realities—though this does not alter the lived experiences of those who occupy those categories—that “considerable” “race” mixing is not “a new reality” but has been historically widespread in the United States, and that America is not as “white” as it believes itself to be has been duly noted since at least the nineteenth century by writers and activists such as Frances Ellen Harper Watkins in her novel Iola Leroy. Even in The Birth of a Nation, a racist film posing as an American cinematic masterpiece, racial amalgamation is a core preoccupation Video Vixens, Beauty Culture, and Diasporic Sex Tourism / 31 because of its prevalence.

Jones’s Pulitzer prize-winning novel’s title). The search for the beautiful is now in the favelas (the ghettos) of Brazil. , a company based out of Las Vegas, Nevada, for the porn collection Hip-Hop Honeys: Brazil Boom Boom, “with the bootylicious bodies that make Brazil a fantasy favorite for the hip hop generation” in “hip hop on a higher level” magazines like XXL (see p. 19 In some respects, hip hop generation African American men’s latest fetish parallels Brazil’s own fetishizing of racial admixture as embodied by the mulatta figure.

Though much of America remains oblivious, there are many that have tried to move the dialogue on hip hop culture and gender forward. These include widely read progressive Introduction / 20 feminist critics and activists like bell hooks, Johnetta Cole, Kierna Mayo, Rosa Clemente, Martha Diaz, Lisa Fager, Maya Rockeymore, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Tricia Rose, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Raquel Rivera, Joan Morgan, Scheherazade and Salamishah Tillet, and filmmaker Aishah Simmons. Essence magazine’s “Take Back the Music” campaign, spearheaded by Michaela Angela Davis, Cynthia Gordy, and Akiba Solomon, is but one example of engaged work from within the belly of the beast.

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