In the article “Hip-Hop, the NBA, and Street Basketball” by David L. Andrews and Michael L. Silk analyze the relationship between basketball/the NBA and race. The formal title of the article is “Basketball’s Ghettocentric Logic.” It is generally alluding to the framing of African-Americans, specifically African-American males. When referring to African-American males, this article tends to focus on analyzing their place in the commercialized media and how their blackness is essentially commodified. A main goal of Silk and Andrews’ article is to dismantle preconceived notions of the black stereotype (because at this point they were most likely built on unsure or wrong inferences because this topic had not really been spoken out on before) and replace and rebuild with actual education about black spaces, like basketball. The bulk of the understanding of this article relies on the notion that readers are familiar with the term ‘ghettocentric,’ which refers to the understanding of black spaces and the overall management of Blackness. Journal Reflection for “Hip-Hop, the NBA, and Street Basketball” The article “Basketball’s Ghettocentric Logic” by David L. Andrews and Michael L. Silk was extremely interesting from start to finish. The entire concept of the intersection of race and sport is thought provoking and important to me, especially that of black or African-American culture. My favorite part of this article was the combatting of conservative, unfair viewpoints that said the NBA was “too black” and “drug-infested.”
Specifically on page 1628, the analysis of the “image crisis” was honestly entertaining to me. Classic white people being afraid that people of color will ruin their image. I also particularly enjoyed our discussion about the Barbershop commercial because it was open and honest. The points made about how the commercial was attempting to make blackness more appealing to the consumers really opened my eyes. It was the whole story again about the myth of inclusivity and how America was post-racial and accepting. Right. I also loved that they quoted bell hooks at the end of the article. Maybe I’m just biased because I like anyone who quotes bell hooks, but I thought it was effective in bringing race back to the forefront of the article by not quoting someone who was directly involved with sport itself. “Female Ballplayers as Feminine Tomboys and Citizens” This article by Korryn D. Mozisek regarding the female’s place in baseball covers the sections of “The Athletic Potential and Compromise of the Feminine Tomboy,”
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