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Spotlight On: Pop Music and Black Feminism

Last updated: 07/29/2015 | More Spotlight On content
The increasing role black women have played in pop music over the past decades is undisputed. However, the nature of that role evokes polarized views both in scholarship, the media, and general discourse. Do female black pop stars embrace sexual empowerment or reproduce stereotypes? Do the lyrics of female black rap artists promote emancipation or submission? Do themes of femininity and feminism harmonize or clash?

The sources in the following reading list address these and other debates, while analyzing the lyrics, performances and remarks of diverse artists (Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott, Lil' Kim, Foxy Brown), and breaching the confines of national, racial, and ethnic boundaries (African American, Afro-German, Ghanaian, black Muslim). These debates are carried out in a wide range of disciplines, including sociology, cultural studies, cultural anthropology, and gender studies.

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Ampofo, A. A. & Asiedu, A. M. (2012) "Changing Representations of Women in Ghanaian Popular Music: Marrying Research and Advocacy", Current Sociology, 22 pages. doi: 10.1177/0011392111429229. http://csi.sagepub.com/cgi/co... Abstract▼ 

Balaji, M. (2010) "Vixen Resistin’: Redefining Black Womanhood in Hip-Hop Music Videos", Journal of Black Studies, 16 pages. doi: 10.1177/0021934708325377. http://jbs.sagepub.com/conten... Abstract▼ 

Brooks, D. A. (2008) ""All That You Can't Leave Behind": Black Female Soul Singing and the Politics of Surrogation in the Age of Catastrophe", Meridians, 25 pages. http://www.jstor.org/stable/4... Abstract▼ 

Chepp, V. (2015) "Black Feminist Theory and the Politics of Irreverence: The Case of Women's Rap", Feminist Theory, 20 pages. doi: 10.1177/1464700115585705. http://fty.sagepub.com/conten... Abstract▼ 

Clay, A. (2008) ""Like an Old Soul Record": Black Feminism, Queer Sexuality, and the Hip-Hop Generation", Meridians, 21 pages. http://www.jstor.org/stable/4... Abstract▼ 

Collins, P. H. (2006) From Black Power to Hip Hop: Racism, Nationalism, and Feminism, Temple University Press, 256 pages. https://books.google.co.il/bo... Abstract▼ 

Crenshaw, K. W. (1997) "Beyond Racism and Misogyny: Black Feminism and 2 Live Crew" in Diana Tietjens Meyers [ed.] Feminist Social Thought: A Reader, Routledge, 18 pages.   Chapter 13 https://books.google.co.il/bo...

Durham, A. (2012) "“Check on It”: Beyoncé, Southern Booty, and Black Femininities in Music Video", Feminist Media Studies, 15 pages. doi: 10.1080/14680777.2011.558346. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/146... Abstract▼ 

Durham, A., Cooper, B. C. & Morris, S. M. (2013) "The Stage Hip-Hop Feminism Built: A New Directions Essay", Signs, 17 pages. doi: 10.1086/668843. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1... Abstract▼ 

El-Tayeb, F. (2003) "‘If You Can't Pronounce My Name, You Can Just Call Me Pride’: Afro-German Activism, Gender and Hip Hop", Gender & History, 27 pages. doi: 10.1111/j.0953-5233.2003.00316.x. Abstract▼ 

Emerson, R. A. (2002) "'Where My Girls At?' Negotiating Black Womanhood in Music Videos", Gender & Society, 21 pages. doi: 10.1177/0891243202016001007. Abstract▼ 

Harris, A. A. & Goldman, A. Y. (2014) "Black Women in Popular Culture: An Introduction to the Reader's Journey" in Adria Y. Goldman, VaNatta S. Ford, Alexa A. Harris & Natasha R. Howard [eds.] Black Women and Popular Culture: The Conversation Continues, Lexington Books, 12 pages. https://books.google.co.il/bo...

Hayes, E. M. (2010) Songs in Black and Lavender: Race, Sexual Politics, and Women's Music, University of Illinois Press, 248 pages. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1... Abstract▼ 

Hobson, J. & Bartlow, R. D. (2008) "Representin': Women, Hip-Hop, and Popular Music", Meridians, 14 pages.   [Misc.] http://www.jstor.org/stable/4...

Hunter, M. & Soto, K. (2009) "Women of Color in Hip Hop: The Pornographic Gaze", Race, Gender & Class, 22 pages. http://www.jstor.org/stable/4... Abstract▼ 

Lengel, L. (2000) "Resisting the Historical Locations of Tunisian Women Musicians", Gender & History, 30 pages. doi: 10.1111/1468-0424.00187.

McMurray, A. (2008) "Hotep and Hip-Hop: Can Black Muslim Women Be Doum with Hip-Hop?", Meridians, 19 pages. http://www.jstor.org/stable/4... Abstract▼ 

Miller-Young, M. (2008) "Hip-Hop Honeys and Da Hustlaz: Black Sexualities in the New Hip-Hop Pornography", Meridians, 32 pages. http://www.jstor.org/stable/4... Abstract▼ 

Peoples, W. A. (2008) ""Under Construction": Identifying Foundations of Hip-Hop Feminism and Exploring Bridges Between Black Second-Wave and Hip-Hop Feminisms", Meridians, 34 pages. http://www.jstor.org/stable/4... Abstract▼ 

Phillips, L., Reddick-Morgan, K. & Stephens, D. P. (2005) "Oppositional Consciousness Within an Oppositional Realm: The Case of Feminism and Womanism in Rap and Hip Hop, 1976-2004", Journal of African American History, 25 pages. http://www.jstor.org/stable/2...

Reid-Brinkley, S. R. (2008) "The Essence of Res(Ex)Pectability: Black Women's Negotiation of Black Femininity in Rap Music and Music Video", Meridians, 25 pages. http://www.jstor.org/stable/4... Abstract▼ 

Roberts, R. (1994) ""Ladies First": Queen Latifah's Afrocentric Feminist Music Video", African American Review, 13 pages. doi: 10.2307/3041997. http://www.jstor.org/stable/3...

Weidhase, N. (2015) "‘Beyoncé Feminism’ and the Contestation of the Black Feminist Body", Celebrity Studies, 4 pages. doi: 10.1080/19392397.2015.1005389. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/193...

White, T. R. (2013) "Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott and Nicki Minaj: Fashionistin’ Black Female Sexuality in Hip-Hop Culture—Girl Power or Overpowered?", Journal of Black Studies, 20 pages. doi: 10.1177/0021934713497365. http://jbs.sagepub.com/conten... Abstract▼ 

Whittington, E. Y. & Mackenzie, J. (2014) ""Bey Feminism" Vs. Black Feminism: A Critical Conversation on Word-Of-Mouth Advertisement of Beyonce's "Visual Album"" in Adria Y. Goldman, VaNatta S. Ford, Alexa A. Harris & Natasha R. Howard [eds.] Black Women and Popular Culture: The Conversation Continues, Lexington Books, 20 pages.   Chapter 8 https://books.google.co.il/bo...


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