I Wonder U: How Prince Went Beyond Race and Back

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Rutgers University Press
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6.1 X 9.0 X 0.4 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

ADILIFU NAMA is a professor of African American Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He has written numerous books about the intersection between African American Studies and pop culture, including Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes and Race on the QT: Blackness and the Films of Quentin Tarantino.


"Dr. Nama explores the life of Prince through the lens of racial politics and the American music industry to illuminate the ways that Prince acted as a racial 'shape shifter.' This book will make you think, make you laugh and make you critically reflect on the constant shifting gendered and racial attitudes American society continues to grapple with."--Sheena Howard "author of Encyclopedia of Black Comics "
"Adilifu Nama's work is a sharp, incisive, and fresh take on the life and career of Prince Rogers Nelson. He seamlessly weaves in a critical yet thoughtful analysis of the intersections of race, masculinity, and sexuality while simultaneously chronicling the evolution of Prince's music. For the Prince fan, it is a must read."--Matthew Oware "author of I Got Something to Say: Gender, Race, and Social Consciousness in Rap Music "
"A must for Prince fans and for readers interested in his impact on the music industry, pop culture, and race and gender theory."--Library Journal