Representing: Hip Hop Culture and the Production of Black Cinema

Paperback | November 1, 1999

byS. Craig Watkins

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In this engaging and provocative book, S. Craig Watkins examines two of the most important developments in the recent history of black cinema—the ascendancy of Spike Lee and the proliferation of "ghettocentric films." Representing explores a distinct contradiction in American society: at the same time that black youth have become the targets of a fierce racial backlash, their popular expressive cultures have become highly visible and commercially viable.

"Watkins is at his most sophisticated and persuasive when he explains the surprising success of hyper-talented, entrepreneurial, and energetic black artists."—Archon Fung, Boston Book Review

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A new generation of American filmmakers have tried to overturn the racist implications of ghetto life -- with mixed results. In Representing: Hip Hop Culture and the Production of Black Cinema, S. Craig Watkins examines two of the most important developments in the recent history of black cinema: the ascendancy of Spike Lee and the pro...

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In this engaging and provocative book, S. Craig Watkins examines two of the most important developments in the recent history of black cinema—the ascendancy of Spike Lee and the proliferation of "ghettocentric films." Representing explores a distinct contradiction in American society: at the same time that black youth have become the t...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:330 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:November 1, 1999Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226874893

ISBN - 13:9780226874890

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Black Youth at Century's End
1: Social Conservatism and the Culture Wars
2: Black Youth and the Ironies of Capitalism
3: Black Cinema and the Changing Landscape of Industrial Image Making
4: Producing the Spike Lee Joint
5: Spike's Joint
6: Producing Ghetto Pictures
7: The Ghettocentric Imagination
Epilogue: The Culture Industry and the Hip Hop Generation
Notes
Bibliography
Index

From Our Editors

A new generation of American filmmakers have tried to overturn the racist implications of ghetto life -- with mixed results. In Representing: Hip Hop Culture and the Production of Black Cinema, S. Craig Watkins examines two of the most important developments in the recent history of black cinema: the ascendancy of Spike Lee and the proliferation of ghetto films. Watkins explains why America blames black youth for the decline of civilization.