Onaje X. O. Woodbine's Black Gods of the Asphalt: Religion, Hip-Hop, and Street PDF

By Onaje X. O. Woodbine

J-Rod strikes like a small conflict tank at the courtroom, his face suggest, staring down his competitors. “I play similar to my father,” he says. “Before my father died, he was once an issue at the courtroom. I’m a problem.” enjoying basketball for him fuses prior and current, conjuring his father’s reminiscence right into a strength that competitors can believe in each bone-breaking force to the basket. in the street each ballplayer has a narrative. Onaje X. O. Woodbine, a former streetball participant who turned an All-Star Ivy Leaguer, brings the points of interest and sounds, hopes and desires of highway basketball to lifestyles. vast video games have a trickster determine and a grasp of black speak whose remark translates the sport for audiences. The beats of hip-hop and reggae make up the soundtrack, and the ball gamers are half-men, half-heroes, defying the ghetto’s obstacles with their flights to the basket.

Streetball is rhythm and move, and through its top moments, the 3 jewelry of the asphalt cave in right into a singular band, each head and toe pressed opposed to the sidelines, stuck up within the spectacle. Basketball is well known between younger black American males, yet now not simply because, as many declare, they're “pushed through poverty” or “pulled” by means of white associations to play it. Black males decide to perform basketball a result of transcendent event of the sport. via interviews with and observations of city basketball avid gamers, Onaje X. O. Woodbine composes a unprecedented portrait of a passionate, devoted, and resilient staff of athletes who use the court docket to mine what city lifestyles can't corrupt. If humans flip to faith to reimagine their position on the planet, then black streetball avid gamers are certainly the adepts of the asphalt.

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