Jay-Z and the Struggle to Define Black Manhood in America

Jay-Z recently became the first billionaire rapper. What is significant to me about Jay-Z’s success is not how much money he has made, but the path that he has taken to get there and what his journey reveals about how black manhood is defined in American society. In some ways I see Jay-Z as an embodiment of the struggle to define a constructive and healthy understanding of black manhood in a…