The Issues Concerning Authenticity and how Colorblindness is Affecting the Racial Dynamics of Hip-hop Culture Appropriation



This will be a longer essay than others.  Expect to write about 1,000 words, but these will be fun, relatively easy words.


How to structure this essay:

In a short introductory paragraph, explain the issues concerning authenticity and/or how colorblindness is affecting the racial dynamics of hip-hop culture appropriation. Quote from BOTH the Performing Blackness article AND the Color-Blind Ideology readings (required).

After your explanation, write the essay addressing the prompt below:

Explain how the film 8 Mile shows the impact of themes or characters that are detached or not detached from racial issues and African American hip-hop culture.  Be specific in terms of the movie you have chosen and be detailed, starting with a thesis.  Explain how the movie maintains either detachment or connection with black concerns.  Explain why this does or does not matter in our contemporary world.  Justify your reasonings throughout your paper by comparing characters, situations, mise en scene, etc. as appropriate.


You can fin the movie 8 mile here at this website (once you opened this cited please wair for the 70 seconds ads then you will be able to see the movie):


In this assignment, you must use one new article that you find on your own in addition to the ones mentioned above.


Remember these films are NOT reality nor is this essay about denying the reality of people who exchange musical influences.  The point of the essay is to look at what happens or does not happen when music is or is not detatched from the original black creators.  Your job is to use academic writings and your own interpretations to produce and essay that analyze words, themes, mise en scene as they project beliefs.


1.Be focused, detailed and use short quotes. Yes, you can use and will probably need more than 600 words in your original essay. Remember the essays should contain in-text citations.  See the discussion guidelines in the content section and the Course Rubric.  You will be graded by the Rubric.  Post your original discussion essay in the discussion area and submit to the assignments dropbox before midnight on the deadline date.



Remember the essays should contain citations and are practice for the final course paper.  However, they are also an opportunity to start less formal conversations and responses among group members.  You must complete both aspects, so be sure to respond to at least one of your group members about what they found and/or to the comments of others who respond to your post.  This assignment counts toward class participation.

What should be included in your essay(for more detail look at the rubric attached to this discussion):

  • 600 Words for initial post for Discussion/Essay
  • Contains a thesis
  • At least 3 proofs to support the thesis
    • two from course materials
    • one from your own academic or primary research
  • Use of in text citations with page numbers
  • Works cited with webpage links or full printing press information
  • Good Grammar
  • Discretionary points for Excellence

Essay Format:

This is generally the format of what your essay should look like.

Paragraph 1 — introduction to tell me where you are going. This paragraph includes or starts with a specific distinct thesis that states exactly what you plan to argue. It does not say “I will discuss…”  Instead, state your argument and move on to prove it.  If I have to wait until the end of the paper to figure out what your point is, you have already failed.  Some students put the thesis sentence in italics or bold it. If you want to do this that’s fine.  It helps me zero in immediately on what you will argue and may help you keep track of your focus.

Paragraphs 2-5 — justifications. Each subsequent paragraph proves some part of your thesis. They start with and include sub assertions. These sub assertions introduce related bits of evidence and are in effect a mini thesis that makes a refined point about SOME aspect of the thesis. In other words, it pinpoints a specific part of the thesis and explains why the information you present is relevant. After the sub assertion, include your evidence — an example, quote, and citation, for example. You must include examples from the narrative. You can combine justifications in paragraphs as long as they relate to the sub assertion, which on a larger scale connects to the thesis.   Start each new paragraph with new sub assertions and justification that highlights a another different part of the thesis.  Continue until all parts of your thesis are illustrated and justified.  Adjust your thesis if need be.

Final Paragraph — add some deeper insight. You started with a thesis — what additional intellectual points can you add that both reflects the original thesis but seems to carry your initial concept further?