center for race and inequality http://wfpl.org en Strange Fruit: Boy Scouts, Beyoncé, and Mark Anthony Neal on Black Masculinity http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-boy-scouts-beyonc-and-mark-anthony-neal-black-masculinity <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Society treats Black boys like men, and Black men like animals.&nbsp;</strong></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F78477660%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-9jPyc&amp;color=b600ff&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="45%"></iframe>That assertion is what stood out to us, and many who were lucky enough to be in the audience last week, for <a href="https://twitter.com/newblackman">Mark Anthony Neal</a>'s lecture at UofL. Dr. Neal is a professor of Black Popular Culture in the Department of African and African-American Studies at Duke University, and he came to Louisville courtesy of our friend Dr. <a href="http://www.rickyljones.com/">Ricky L. Jones</a> and the <a href="http://louisville.edu/panafricanstudies/center-on-race-and-inequality.html">Center for Race and Inequality</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Dr. Neal's latest book, <a href="http://nyupress.org/books/book-details.aspx?bookId=655#.URXSq0rjlvY">Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities</a>, examines depictions of black men in popular culture, and while he was in town, he stopped by our studios to tell us more about his work. Our conversation covered Tiger Woods, Jay-Z, <a href="http://earbender.com/2009/01/05/muddy-waters-comes-to-life-in-cadillac-records/">Muddy Waters</a>, and even <a href="http://www.americanpopularculture.com/journal/articles/spring_2011/gibson.htm">Stringer Bell</a> and <a href="http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/interviews/id.1026/title.michael-k-williams-omar-never-scares">Omar Little</a>, as we tried to make some sense of how pop culture interprets and positions Black masculinity.</p><p> Sat, 09 Feb 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Laura Ellis 3903 at http://wfpl.org Strange Fruit: Boy Scouts, Beyoncé, and Mark Anthony Neal on Black Masculinity