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There will be a Reading at Hue-Man Bookstore & Cafe, New York, NY Monday, October 30th @ 6:00 pm for Deconstructing Tyrone -- A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation by Natalie Hopkinson & Natalie Y. Moore

Do you know Tyrone?  That smooth-talking, irresistible fellow whose essence is full of swagger, rhythm, and flow?  The militant revolutionary of the 1960s evolved into the pimp/thug of the hip-hop era?  You know, the archetype converted into a hit single?

Tyrone is the Black man seen through the media lens, through stereotype, through the eyes of Black women.  In Deconstructing Tyrone, journalists Natalie Hopkinson and Natalie Y. Moore examine Black masculinity from a variety of perspectives, looking not for consensus but for insight.  With chapters on Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, on the complicated relationship between women and hip-hop, on babydaddies, on gay Black men on the so-called “down low,” on strippers and their fathers, on Black men in the office, at school, and in jail, Deconstructing Tyrone presents a multifaceted picture of American Black men now.

Advance praise:  “A deconstruction done in love… Breaks down the myths surrounding Black masculinity in a way that inspires hope and points the way toward change.”   — Gwendolyn D. Pough, author of Check It While I Wreck It: Black Womanhood, Hip-Hop Culture and the Public Sphere “With compassion, wit, and keen intelligence, the authors have touched upon our rarely spoken truths. Here is a vision of the complex, vibrant humanity living outside the bleak statistics and damning headlines.” — William Jelani Cobb, author of To The Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip-Hop Aesthetic “Kudos to these two sisters for presenting us in a true light.”    — TomJoyner, Jr.

About the authors:
NATALIE HOPKINSON is a staff writer at the Washington Post and a Scripps Howard doctoral fellow at the University of Maryland-College Park, where she is also a visiting professor of journalism.  A graduate of Howard University, she lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two small children.

NATALIE Y. MOORE is a freelance journalist who has worked for the (St. Paul, Minn.) Pioneer Press, the Detroit News, and the Associated Press.  Her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Reporter, Bitch, HOUR Detroit, Black Enterprise, npr.org and In These Times. She is a graduate of Howard University and has a Master’s from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. An adjunct instructor of media studies at Columbia College, she lives in Chicago.

Deconstructing Tyrone
$14.95, Trade paper
264pp, 5.5 x 8
ISBN 1-57344-257-7
Cleis Press

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