«‘Hip Hop in American Cinema’ is a pioneering study of the marriage of hip hop and gangsta rap with Hollywood, carefully considering the cultural, political, and business aspects of this important and often controversial musical phenomenon from the 1980s to the present. Today, rap outstrips both rock and country music in sales and pulses through the soundtracks of many Hollywood films, sometimes also furnishing the subject matter and the stars. Melvin Donalson, the well-known scholar of American film, surveys dozens of films, casting an understanding but critical eye on the music and its messages.» (Andrew Gordon, University of Florida; co-author, ‘Screen Saviors: Hollywood Fictions of Whiteness’)
The Author: With a Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University, Melvin Donalson is a published poet, fiction writer, and essayist. In addition, he is a screenwriter and director, having completed an award-winning short film, which was shown on Showtime’s Black Filmmakers Showcase. The author of Black Directors in Hollywood (2003) and Masculinity in the Interracial Buddy Film (2006), he is currently Associate Professor in the English Department at California State University in Los Angeles.