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J-Rod strikes like a small tank on the court docket, his face imply, staring down his opponents. “I play identical to my father,” he says. “Earlier than my father died, he was an issue on the court docket. I am an issue.” Enjoying basketball for him fuses previous and current, conjuring his father’s reminiscence right into a power that opponents can really feel in every bone-snapping drive to the basket.
On the avenue, each ballplayer has a narrative. Onaje X. O. Woodbine, a former streetball participant who grew to become an all-star Ivy Leaguer, brings the sights and sounds, hopes and goals of avenue basketball to life. He exhibits that large video games have a trickster determine and a grasp of black speak whose commentary interprets the recreation for audiences. The beats of hip-hop and reggae make up the soundtrack, and the ballplayers are half-men, half-heroes, defying the ghetto’s limitations with their flights to the basket.
Basketball is widespread amongst younger black American males however not as a result of, as many declare, they’re “pushed by poverty” or “pulled” by white establishments to play it. Black males select to take part in basketball as a result of of the transcendent expertise of the recreation. By interviews with and observations of city basketball gamers, Onaje X. O. Woodbine composes a uncommon portrait of a passionate, dedicated, and resilient group of athletes who use the court docket to mine what city life can not corrupt. If individuals flip to faith to reimagine their place in the world, then black streetball gamers are certainly the hierophants of the asphalt.Columbia College Press
Download PDF eBook Black Gods of the Asphalt: Faith, Hip-Hop, and Street Basketball