A post on Bobby Shmurda and Respectability Politics

Last Monday, UW-Madison senior journalism student Michael Penn II gave us this piece on Bobby Shmurda and more specifically a response to the dehumanizing criticisms of the young rapper from Brooklyn.

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This open letter to Bobby Shmurda by blogger Imani Brammer had been circling the internet for days before Penn’s own article dropped. Brammer’s piece relied on condemnation of the rapper, his past, his lifestyle, and his lyrics.

Penn’s article looks into the appeal of Shmurda’s music, the possible trajectory of the young man’s career, his backstory, and the implications of respectability politics within the Black community.

Click here to Read Penn’s full article…

For more from Michael Penn II look here…

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