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This number of essays significantly engages with components with regards to black city lifestyles and cultural illustration within the post-civil rights period, utilizing Ice-T and his myriad roles as musician, actor, author, superstar, and industrialist as a car wherein to interpret and comprehend the African American experience.
Over the earlier 3 a long time, African american citizens have confronted a couple of new demanding situations caused through alterations within the political, fiscal and social constitution of the United States. additionally, this enormously replaced social panorama has produced a few resonant pop-cultural tendencies that experience proved to be either leading edge and in demand at the one hand, and contentious and divisive at the other.
Ice-T’s iconic and multifarious occupation maps those shifts. this can be the 1st publication that, taken as an entire, appears to be like at a black cultural icon's manipulation of (or manipulation by?) such a lot of various varieties concurrently. the result's a desirable sequence of tensions bobbing up from Ice-T’s skill to inhabit conflicting pop-cultural roles together with: ’hardcore’ gangsta rapper and devoted philanthropist; writer of arguable track Cop Killer and community tv cop; self-proclaimed ‘pimp’ and fact tv apartment husband.
As the essays during this assortment element, Ice-T’s chameleonic public picture continually checks the authorised parameters of black cultural creation, and in doing so illuminates the contradictions of a society erroneously dubbed ‘post-racial’.
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