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Trade paper
ISBN 978-1-57344-257-2
5.5 x 8.5, 272 pages

African American Studies

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Deconstructing Tyrone

A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation

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 Y. Moore and Natalie Hopkinson 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 and off 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.

“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

“A magnificent job. Deconstructing Tyrone is thoughtfully and masterfully constructed, highly informative, and provocative. I, a child of the Black Power and Civil Rights era, found substantial relevance to my generation and to my own experience. Indeed, there is much in Deconstructing Tyrone that is universal, crossing lines of color, age, and nationality.” —Blanche Richardson, Marcus Bookstores


NATALIE Y. MOORE writes for numerous news outlets, including the Chicago Tribune, the Seattle Times, the Detroit Metro-Times, Bitch,, and She lives in Chicago.

NATALIE HOPKINSON is a staff writer for the Washington Post and a professor of journalism at the University of Maryland–College Park. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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