This volume examines the use of Black popular culture to engage, reflect, and parse social justice, arguing that Black popular culture is more than merely entertainment. Moving beyond a focus on identifying and categorizing cultural forms, the authors examine Black popular culture to understand how it engages social justice, with attention to anti-Black racism.

Black Popular Culture and Social Justice takes a systematic look at the role of music, comic books, literature, film, television, and public art in shaping attitudes and fighting oppression. Examining the ways in which artists, scholars, and activists have engaged, discussed, promoted, or supported social justice – on issues of criminal justice reform, racism, sexism, LGBTQIA rights, voting rights, and human rights – the book offers unique insights into the use of Black popular culture as an agent for change.

This timely and insightful book will be of interest to students and scholars of race and media, popular culture, gender studies, sociology, political science, and social justice.

chapter |6 pages


Cultural Power

section Section 1|58 pages

Black Television, Movies, and Social Justice

chapter 2|16 pages

Two Percent

The Role of Popular Culture in Highlighting Social Justice Issues

chapter 4|17 pages

The Hate U Give:

Police Brutality, Political Fantasies, and Black Popular Culture

section Section 2|91 pages

Black Music and Social Justice

chapter 6|12 pages

Cardi B.

Raising Black Feminist Consciousness in Cyberspace

chapter 7|14 pages

"Out for Presidents to Represent Me"

Hip-Hop, The Breakfast Club, and the 2020 Presidential Elections

chapter 8|16 pages

The Bigger Picture:

Hip-Hop, Black Lives, and Social Justice

chapter 10|14 pages

Rappin' Black in a White World

The Watts Prophets and Democratic Futurity

section Section 3|68 pages

Black Speculative Fiction, Comics, Protest Art, and Social Justice

chapter 11|22 pages

The Future Is in Her Hands

Rewriting Black Girlhood Narratives and Experiences in Comics

chapter 12|11 pages

"Red, White, and Black 1 "

Falcon and the Winter Soldier's Dismantling of White American Heroism

chapter 13|13 pages

Outfoxing the Foxes

Revising Mammy as Subversive Social Justice in Frank Yerby's The Foxes of Harrow

chapter 14|13 pages

Writings on the Walls

A Study of Black Protest Street Art in the Wake of the Murder of George Floyd

chapter |7 pages


Moving Beyond the Culture