R.N. Bradley is a PhD candidate in African American Literature at Florida State University. She writes about African American literature, race and pop culture, Hip Hop, and her own awesomeness. She earned her BA in English from the Unsinkable Albany State University (GA) and a MA in African American and African Diaspora Studies from Indiana University Bloomington. Her dissertation project looks at negotiations of white hegemonic masculinity and race consciousness in 21st century African American literature and popular culture. Scholar by day, unapologetic Down South Georgia Girl 24/7/365. Catch up with her awesomeness via twitter: @redclayscholar and her blog Red Clay Scholar (http://redclayscholar.blogspot.com). For all inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Jack Black: Contemporary Urbanity and Blackness in New Jack City | 9 Oct 2011 // 4:00 PM
Hood films are a jarring eviction notice for traditional Civil Rights rhetoric and, possibly, leadership -- in other words, "What has the Civil Rights movement done for me lately?"
Last Night a Trap Boy Saved My Life: T.I.'s Urban Legend | 28 Jun 2011 // 8:07 PM
I realized I couldn't seek comfort in the music me and Daddy shared. I needed something raw, music that would hit me in my chest where only natural, involuntary muscle movements indicated I was still, technically, alive.
Dy(e)ing to be White: Whiteface Performance in Postracial America | 10 May 2011 // 4:00 PM
On the surface, whiteface performers often exaggerate widely recognized and aesthetically pleasing aspects of white people and culture from a minority viewpoint: light eyes, light colored hair, swanky clothes, snobbish attitude...
Shoot the J!: Negotiations of Blackness and Normalcy in The Fab Five | 25 Apr 2011 // 4:00 PM
Looking back at the Fab Five’s reign in the early '90s, it was framed by numerous moments in blackness, including the burgeoning crossover of hip-hop music and culture into mainstream “white” America, Rodney King’s beating, the ‘hood genre in film, and Michael Jackson’s vitiligo.
Black 'Coffy' No Sugar, No Cream: Pam Grier's 'Foxy' | 14 Dec 2011 // 3:02 PM
Grier’s vantage point comes across like that of a hip older aunt having sex talk at a kitchen table: straight, no chaser, and awkwardly jolting to make her reader pay attention.
Citizen Abstained?: Sister Citizen by Melissa Harris-Perry | 5 Dec 2011 // 3:02 PM
Melissa Harris-Perry is to be commended for her efforts to tackle the unusually large breadth and scope of black women's experiences, offering as complicated an analysis as her subject.