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D. Mark Wilson

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Post-Pomo Hip-Hop Homos: Hip-Hop Art, Gay Rappers, and Social Change

The author presents a social history of the Deep Dick Collective (D/DC), a crew of African American gay men, that draws upon artistic formations of black gay identity, resists homophobia within the hip-hop genre through various celebrations of social difference, and calls for a global “queer” political activism. “When it comes to social justice within African American and LGBTQ communities,” writes Wilson, “there are same-gender loving, ‘queer’ kids of color in neighborhoods, ghettos, slums, and in gang and military war zones throughout the world, wondering if there is a political community who will fight for them.” Wilson sees D/DC’s work as a challenge to “other progressive movements to reflect critically upon the identities and social realities of people they would rather not see.”

Hip Hop, homophobia, queer activism, black gay identity, social difference

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 34, No. 1 (2007): 117-140