Hopkinson, Natalie and Natalie Y. Moore. "Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation", Cleis Press, 2006,
What Makes a Man?
Natalie Hopkinson and Natalie Moore use the name "Tyrone" to symbolize the black man as seen through the media lens and stereotype as well as through the eyes of the black woman. They look at black masculinity from different perspectives with insight so as not to find a consensus but a new way of looking. By doing so they tear down the myths about the black male and thereby bring about a sense of hope and provide a door for change to open. They look at issues rarely spoken about and show us a complex and vibrant masculinity that destroys some of the ideas already held. The black man has for too long been depicted as the archetype of a smooth-talking man with lots of swagger, "rhythm and flow". Here is a discussion of race that breaks new ground and shows that color is just that; color. We see here black men that many of us do not know or else we do know and do not want to acknowledge. The book is clearly a labor of love and we need to embrace the love with which it was written.
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