Tag Archives: Racial Identity

“In What?”: Kanye West’s “I’m In It” as Racially Embodied Text

Kanye West Yeezus album cover

The dominant message is complicated by a series of stereotypical and challenging racial referents, gradually politicizing the song and giving it accumulated weight.

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Birth of the Cool

Thelonious Monk

I grew up in a wealthy, Westside neighborhood and attended schools dreamt up by former hippies. The city’s racial metaphor for me felt like a pot of soup with a nice, chef salad, something casual and light and accompanied by a glass of iced tea.

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In New York City, in the spring of 1999, a story hit the newspapers of a Long Island woman who had given birth to twins–one white and one black. The woman and her husband were white and the black baby was not theirs…

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