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The Resource Black gods of the asphalt : religion, hip-hop, and street basketball, Onaje X. O. Woodbine

Black gods of the asphalt : religion, hip-hop, and street basketball, Onaje X. O. Woodbine

Label
Black gods of the asphalt : religion, hip-hop, and street basketball
Title
Black gods of the asphalt
Title remainder
religion, hip-hop, and street basketball
Statement of responsibility
Onaje X. O. Woodbine
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
J-Rod moves like a small battle tank on the court, his face mean, staring down his opponents. "I play just like my father," he says. "Before my father died, he was a problem on the court. I'm a problem." Playing basketball for him fuses past and present, conjuring his father's memory into a force that opponents can feel in every bone-snapping drive to the basket. On the street every ballplayer has a story. Onaje X. O. Woodbine, a former streetball player who became an All-Star Ivy Leaguer, brings the sights and sounds, hopes and dreams of street basketball to life. Big games have a trickster figure and a master of black talk whose commentary interprets the game for audiences. The beats of hip-hop and reggae make up the soundtrack, and the ball players are half-men, half-heroes, defying the ghetto's limitations with their flights to the basket. Streetball is rhythm and flow, and during its peak moments, the three rings of the asphalt collapse into a singular band, every head and toe pressed against the sidelines, caught up in the spectacle. Basketball is popular among young black American men, but not because, as many claim, they are "pushed by poverty" or "pulled" by white institutions to play it. Black men choose to participate in basketball because of the transcendent experience of the game. Through interviews with and observations of urban basketball players, Onaje X. O. Woodbine composes a rare portrait of a passionate, committed, and resilient group of athletes who use the court to mine what urban life cannot corrupt. If people turn to religion to reimagine their place in the world, then black streetball players are indeed the adepts of the asphalt
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Woodbine, Onaje X. O
Dewey number
796.3238
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GV887.3
LC item number
.W66 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Streetball
  • Basketball
  • African American basketball players
  • African American young men
  • Urban youth
  • Hip-hop
Label
Black gods of the asphalt : religion, hip-hop, and street basketball, Onaje X. O. Woodbine
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
"Last ones left" in the game: from Black resistance to urban exile -- Boston's memorial games -- Jason, hoops, and grandma's hands -- C.J., hoops, and the quest for a second life -- Ancestor work in street basketball -- The dunk and the signifying monkey
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xviii, 204 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780231177283
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2015038138
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • sky279713444
  • (OCoLC)930681937
  • 927631
Label
Black gods of the asphalt : religion, hip-hop, and street basketball, Onaje X. O. Woodbine
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
"Last ones left" in the game: from Black resistance to urban exile -- Boston's memorial games -- Jason, hoops, and grandma's hands -- C.J., hoops, and the quest for a second life -- Ancestor work in street basketball -- The dunk and the signifying monkey
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xviii, 204 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780231177283
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2015038138
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • sky279713444
  • (OCoLC)930681937
  • 927631

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