Abstract and Keywords
In this chapter, I theorize Black Masculine Language (BML) using a critical lens to explore issues of power, desire, hybridity, and pluralism relevant to Black Language. In so doing, I describe indistinguishable purposes and patterns of usage that behave according to fixed sets of rules, that code and govern BML—a language invented through necessity and evolves based on utility. BML is defined as a communicative practice associated more or less with Black male identities, which has an ability to shape shift, to alter cadences of (mainstream) languages to fulfill a variety of functions tied to counterhegemonic articulations of Black identity. As such, BML has done important and complex work in Black communities, helping to shape Black social life and the Black self on terms that are uniquely African while at the same time providing users a powerful tool to subvert and resist hegemonic western colonializing structures of cultural domination.
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