Interpreting Tyler Perry: Perspectives on Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality

In the video: The “Mantan Manifesto” Explained in Spike Lee’s Bamboozled (2000)

Our essay, “Tyler Perry and the Mantan Manifesto,” co-authored with Dr. Baruti Kopano, appears in Interpreting Tyler Perry: Perspectives on Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality.

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A Lie of Reinvention: Correcting Manning Marable’s Malcolm X

MMvMXRather than view Manning Marable’s Malcolm X: A Life of Reinventionas “a definitive work,” as some have called it, I, along with many others, believe Marable has left us a severely flawed biography. A Life of Reinvention is a contradictory political reshaping and distortion – a lie really – of the life and times of Malcolm X. Such a “lie” demands a strong critical response, from scholars, activists, and others in the Black community, especially publishers like us, who have benefited so richly from Malcolm’s example and legacy.

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I Mix What I Like! A Mixtape Manifesto


“Jared Ball is determined to rescue hip hop and left activism from increasingly subversive corporate control. This book is a manifesto that needs to be read, argued about, and yelled from the rooftops. Let the bricks fly!”—Todd Steven Burroughs, co-author of Civil Rights Chronicle

“The Funkinest Journalist breaks it all down for all servants of Soul/Funk music and Art in the 21st Century. His Mixtape Manifesto explains what we are up against battling corporate empires that control the coveted consumer-merchant access points, and offers us an option to distribute, connect, and popularize our culture.”—Head Roc, political hip-hop artist

“The revolutionary power of this book lies in its capacity to interrogate staid constructs of thought and re-pose vital questions pertaining to ’emancipatory journalism.’ For the power to pose the question is the greatest power of all.”—Frank B. Wilderson, III, author of Incognegro

In a moment of increasing corporate control in the music industry, Jared A. Ball analyzes the colonization and control of popular music and posits the homemade hip-hop mixtape as an emancipatory tool for community resistance. Equally at home in a post-colonial studies class and on the shelves of an indie record store, I Mix What I Like!* is a revolutionary investigation of the cultural dimension of anti-racist organizing in African America.

*Notes on corrections made for a small reprinting

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The I Mix What I Like! Companion Mixtape


Democratic Destiny and the District of Columbia: Federal Politics and Public Policy

9780739127162_p0_v1_s260x420My essay, “Communicating Liberation in Washington, DC,” appears in this book which, “contributes substantially to urban affairs and public policy literature by presenting an introduction to the complex politics and public policy issues of Washington, D.C. The uniqueness of the city, as elaborated in this volume, provides background for understanding the non-traditional congressional relationship with the city and the way in which this establishes and perpetuates the continuing fight for congressional representation, real home rule and equitable federal benefits for citizens of the District of Columbia. Usually becoming a mayor, member of a city council, or agency head in a major city could become a stepping stone to higher office. In Washington, D.C. however, this has not been the case. Contests for political leadership operate in a unique political climate because Washington, D.C is the capital of the U.S., subject to congressional oversight, has a majority African American population, and has a majority Democratic population. Those who become mayor are therefore, confined to play a local with rare opportunities for a national role. One Objective of this volume is to highlight the difficulties of experiencing political democracy and adequate policy distribution by citizens of the District of Columbia. These analyses conclude that one of the major obstacles to these objectives is the manner in which home rule was constructed and persists, leading to the conclusion that the desire of citizens and their leaders for change is well founded.”

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