She's Mad Real

She's Mad Real

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Overwhelmingly, Black teenage girls are negatively represented in national and global popular discourses, either as being OC at riskOCO for teenage pregnancy, obesity, or sexually transmitted diseases, or as helpless victims of inner city poverty and violence. Such popular representations are pervasive and often portray Black adolescentsOCO consumer and leisure culture as corruptive, uncivilized, and pathological. In SheOCOs Mad Real, Oneka LaBennett draws on over a decade of researching teenage West Indian girls in the Flatbush and Crown Heights sections of Brooklyn to argue that Black youth are in fact strategic consumers of popular culture and through this consumption they assert far more agency in defining race, ethnicity, and gender than academic and popular discourses tend to acknowledge. Importantly, LaBennett also studies West Indian girlsOCO consumer and leisure culture within public spaces in order to analyze how teens like China are marginalized and policed as they attempt to carve out places for themselves within New YorkOCOs contested terrains.Arguably, Lopez, who is Puerto Rican, and Kardashian, who is of Armenian and European ancestry, have capitalized on the (largely male) ... with her derriAure launched Kardashiana#39;s career, which included a reality show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, that featured an ... When I taught a college course called a€œ Constructing Race, a€ many of my students, from diverse racial backgrounds, blistered when Ianbsp;...

Title:She's Mad Real
Author:Oneka Labennett
Publisher:NYU Press - 2011


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