R.N. Bradley is A 'Bany girl (Albany, GA) through her core. Her grandfather (AKA Paw Paw) taught her hustling is in her blood and that opportunities are sought not given. Can't argue with a great man. A doctoral candidate in African American Literature and Culture at Florida State University, Bradley 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. Bradley's current research interests include identity politics, African-American humor, late 20th and 21st century black popular culture and literature, and Hip Hop. Bradley's dissertation investigates negotiations of white hegemonic masculinity in 21st century race consciousness using black popular culture and literature. Part time critic, full time learner. Let's get it.
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.
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...
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.