Black Masculinity, Homosexuality and Hip-Hop Music

  • Xinling Li


This Chapter explores the ways in which narratives of homosexuality were severed from the black identity in the historical context of racial liberation. It first examines the role of Christianity in constituting the black identity and building the moral foundation for civil rights claims, and then proceeds to discuss how the struggle for civil rights was tacitly converted into demands for manhood rights in the context of Black Nationalism (esp. under the influence of the Nation of Islam) which eventually bestowed a hetero-patriarchal undertone on nationalist hip-hop in the 1980s. The result is not only a black history manufactured at the absence of black gays and lesbians but also a hip-hop culture that constantly alienates homosexuality from the realm of the black experience.


Civil Rights Claims Black Gay Black Cultural Nationalism gayGay homosexualityHomosexuality 
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