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Hip Hop in American Cinema

Melvin Donalson

Hip Hop in American Cinema examines the manner in which American feature films have served as the primary medium for mainstreaming hip hop culture into American society. With their glamorizing portrayals of graffiti writing, break dancing, rap music, clothing, and language, Hollywood movies have established hip hop as a desirable youth movement. This book demonstrates how Hollywood studios and producers have exploited the profitable connection among rappers, soundtracks, and mass audiences. Hip Hop in American Cinema offers valuable information for courses in film studies, popular culture, and American studies.
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5 Queen Latifah: From MC to Mainstream Diva



Queen Latifah: From MC to Mainstream Diva

In Set It Off (1996), economic desperation prompts the criminal behavior of four friends—Stony (Jada Pinkett, left), Tisean (Kimberly Elise), Cleo (Queen Latifah, 3rd from left), and Frankie (Vivica A. Fox).

When pondering which hip-hop MC has attained the most positive reception by mainstream America, Queen Latifah tops the list. Her crossover into the larger commercial arena was achieved without gimmicks or hype. Instead, she built her reputation within the hip-hop world as an influential rapper, parlaying that fame into television popularity, film roles, advertisement appearances, industry voiceovers, and a management and production company. In addition, with her autobiography, she has sought to inspire women. ← 101 | 102 →

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