Call For Papers: Hip Hop Cinema

From the editor Regina N. Bradley:

Black Camera invites submissions for a Close-Up focusing on hip-hop cinema. Cinema is an underutilized medium for critically engaging how hip-hop sonically and visually experiments with memory, music, and identity to articulate a post–civil rights Black experience. Where earlier representations of hip-hop cinema (such as the Breaking films and Wildstyle) focused on documenting its elemental aesthetics or conceptualizing contemporary black agency and protest (such as the “hood” film era of the early and mid-1990s), there is still room to consider how hip-hop cinema stands as a curator of race, identity, and performance in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This call for submissions looks to break new ground in identifying how film helps visualize and navigate hip-hop’s increasingly ambiguous intersections of race, identity, and commercial appeal. In other words, how does hip-hop cinema redress and/or link critical depictions of Blackness in the past, present, and future?


Credit: John Jennings

The guest editor invites essays from multiple disciplines, aesthetic inquiries, and theoretical perspectives. Topics of particular interest include but are not limited to:

  • hip-hop musicals
  • queer studies
  • cinematic depictions of regional and/or diasporic hip-hop identities
  • black gender scripts
  • hip-hop artists as film actors/producers
  • hip-hop satire and parody
  • manifestations of digital hip-hop aesthetics (e.g., social media, “vines,” etc.)
  • fashion and costuming
  • marketing/publicity and hip-hop cinema
  • hip-hop and protest
  • race and urbanity


Essays, film reviews, and short commentaries will be considered. Essays should range between 5,000 and 8,000 words; commentaries between 1,000 and 3,000 words; and reviews between 800 and 1,500 words.

Please submit completed works, a 150–200 word abstract, and a 50–100 word biographical statement by August 30, 2016. Submissions should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. Please see journal guidelines for more on submission policy:

Direct all questions, correspondence, and submissions to guest editor Regina N. Bradley (

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