"COOL POSE" Photo series
Cool pose is termed that was coined in the 50s & 60s by Jazz and soul artists to challenge dominanat cultural assumptions of masculine and racial truth using ''musical aesthetics, cultural vision and personal style.'' It's an ideal of black masculinity that offered a self-constructed blackness that was a powerful symbol of manhood, as an alternative to the dominant discourse, Like their jazz predecessors, Hip-Hop artists and Hip-Hop culture in general embody and express a masculinity that explicitly rejects existing constructions of both race and gender. The Hyper-masculine swagger of Hip-Hop stars, like the assertive manhood exhibited in cool pose, demonstrates to the dominant culture that the black male is a survivor despite the realities of racial oppression.
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