My future husband put me on to The Wire. It's his favorite thing to watch besides The Boondocks and sports. So, when he got the entire series in a boxed set, I had no choice but to hear about how "to keep the devil down in the hole." Everyday. All day. For three weeks straight.
I became enthralled with the characters, especially Omar and Snoop. Snoop brought the term "the baddest bitch" to a whoooole 'notha level. Omar's signature whistle, "The Farmer in the Dell," is a nursery rhyme. But when he whistles it, it becomes a menacing calling card.
What most intrigues me about these characters is how they challenge our perceptions of homosexuality and present a contradictory image of black identity. This week we're taking a look into the queering of African American thug culture.
The Gay Thug: Fact or Fiction?
Be easy, blog nation.