ISBN: 9781573442572
eISBN: 9781573445986

Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation

by Natalie Hopkinson, Natalie Y. Moore

Two smart Black women break the Tyrone code — with affection, with respect, but with no illusions.
Black men as fathers, sons, teachers, lovers, rap stars, professionals, fantasy objects, and cultural constructs — a multifaceted picture of American Black men today.
You know Tyrone. Smooth-talking, irresistible Tyrone — the swagger in his step, the sexy drawl, the poetry and rhythm in his essence — the militant revolutionary of the 1960s evolved into the pimp/thug of the hip-hop era. Tyrone is the Black man seen through the media lens, through stereotype, through the eyes of Black women. He's "Talk Show Tyrone," all muscle and defiance, "an archetype converted to a hit single."
In Deconstructing Tyrone, the authors, journalists Natalie Y. Moore and Natalie Hopkinson, examine Black masculinity from a variety of perspectives, looking not for consensus but for insight. With chapters on Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, on the complicated relationship between women and hip-hop, on babydaddies, on gay Black men on and off the down low, on strippers and their fathers, on Black men in the office, at school, and in jail, Deconstructing Tyrone presents a multifaceted picture of American Black men now.

About the author Natalie Hopkinson

Natalie Hopkinson is a staff writer for The Washington Post. She is a Scripps Howard doctoral fellow in media studies at the University of Maryland-College Park, where she is also a visiting professor of journalism. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Palm Beach Post, Washington City Paper and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A graduate of Howard University, she lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and their...

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About the author Natalie Y. Moore

Natalie Y. Moore is a freelance writer who has worked for The Detroit News and The St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press. She is an adjunct professor at Columbia College in Chicago. Her work has appeared in Bitch Magazine, Black Enterprise, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Seattle Times, Detroit Metro-Times, Detroit News,,, and The Oregonian. She has a bachelor's from from Howard University and a master's from...

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