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What Is is Gangstressism in Popular Culture?


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?