The Music Industry's Marginalization of African American Female Rappers
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This paper describes the ways in which men explicitly dominate the rap music industry by providing historical evidence and a critique of this industry, one that constructs demeaning images of the African American community in general and of women more specifically. The power of the rap music industry is further illustrated through its ability to construct and reconfigure roles for African American female rappers. Finally, I argue against claims that sexual assertion by female rappers is a feminist act. Explicit sexual ads by African American women are not an indication of empowerment. Rather, these depictions reflect the extensive construction of race and gender roles to sustain male-dominance. It is necessary for society to criticize and question from where the roles of African American women are derived, and for whom these roles exist.