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What Is is Gangstressism in Popular Culture?

ByANGIE COLETTE BEATTY

In 1992, Stuart Hall posed the question, “What is this ‘black’ in black popular culture?” (1996, 465). More than one decade later-amidst head-locking identity politics, postfeminist powergrrrl puery, and an ambiguous “keepin’ it real” credo; amidst the fallout from yet another explosion of Black panache in entertainment media; and amidst the continued struggle for cultural hegemony, which according to Hall, is “waged as much in popular culture as anywhere else” (1996, 468)—I pose a similar question. What is this gangstressism in popular culture?