Jay-Z's Black Republicanism

Jay-Z’s brand of Black Republicanism is now the subject of a sociology course at Georgetown University. Early insights: he “beat the system” and is “a businessman and a philanthropist who used to call himself a pimp.”  The professor is Michael Eric Dyson. I wonder how the course handles Jay Z’s ‘man of the people’ posture, his t-shirt politics and his dubious pan-Africanism. And he gets compared to Homer, Melville, Toni Morrison, Langston Hughes, Martin Scorcese and Francis Ford Coppola.

Sean Jacobs

Sean Jacobs is on the international affairs faculty of The New School. He is the Founder and Editor of Africa is a Country.


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