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"Rock-a-Bye, Baby!": Black Women Disrupting Gangs and Constructing Hip-Hop Gangsta Films

Beretta E. Smith-Shomade
Cinema Journal
Vol. 42, No. 2 (Winter, 2003), pp. 25-40
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1566514
Page Count: 16
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"Rock-a-Bye, Baby!": Black Women Disrupting Gangs and Constructing Hip-Hop Gangsta Films
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Abstract

This essay examines the cultural specificity of the gangster genre. In hip-hop gangsta films, the inclusion of black women as central to the gangster business not only transforms the gangster genre but, more important, adheres to black cultural norms. The films "New Jack City," "Sugar Hill," and "Set It Off" serve as case studies.

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