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R. N. Bradley
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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: regina.bradley1908@gmail.com


Features

Sunday, October 9 2011

New Jack Black: Contemporary Urbanity and Blackness in New Jack City

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?"


Tuesday, June 28 2011

Last Night a Trap Boy Saved My Life: T.I.'s Urban Legend

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.


Columns

Tuesday, May 10 2011

Dy(e)ing to be White: Whiteface Performance in Postracial America

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...


Monday, April 25 2011

Shoot the J!: Negotiations of Blackness and Normalcy in The Fab Five

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.


Reviews

Wednesday, December 14 2011

Black 'Coffy' No Sugar, No Cream: Pam Grier's 'Foxy'

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.


Monday, December 5 2011

Citizen Abstained?: Sister Citizen by Melissa Harris-Perry

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.


Wednesday, August 31 2011

Generation Novacain? Hardly: 'Brave New Voices 2010'

These young spoken word artists fire back a riveting response to the accusation that today's youth have nothing productive to say.


Sunday, August 21 2011

'Malcolm X' Challenges What You Thought You Knew About the Man

A nearly two and a half decade research process, Malcolm X is indeed Manning Marable’s magnum opus.


Sunday, August 21 2011

Sweeping Expectations in 'Jumping the Broom'

Jumping the Broom is like a 21st century rendition of The Inkwell, only someone gets married.


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