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Nice Jewish Rapper: Drake's Detachable Judaism & Racialized Masculine Mobility


When the Black Jewish rap superstar Drake first started rapping, Katie Couric asked him, "What's a nice Jewish boy doing in a career like this?" Her question spotlights the pressure on Drake to reconcile popular stereotypes about frail, neurotic (white) Jewish boys and tough, violent Black (gentile) men. In a Zoom webinar on Wednesday, March 3, at 5 p.m. Jonathan Branfmans will analyze how Drake smooths these contradictory masculine tropes into a unified and glamorous star image. In turn, this talk examines how Drake's style of masculinity channels wider ideological debates over rap itself as an oft-vilified Black art form. Registration is required at the link below. More information at
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Time and Place
March 3, 2021, 5:00 pm
Zoom event
Register at the link above