Struggling To Make It In A Black Man’s World

Syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. went to see the new film ‘8 Mile’ and is sharing his thoughts how the message of the film sees “Jimmy is just a poor white boy trying to make it in a black man’s world.” Pitts said, “perhaps the harshest thing they say about him isn’t a curse word at all. They call him Elvis. Black folks have always had this thing about Elvis. On the one hand, we loved him … the fact that Billboard magazine counts him one of the most successful black music artists of the ’50s seems ample evidence of that. But in some ways we hated him, too. Every time they called him the king of rock ‘n’ roll, it felt like a bone wedged sideways in the throat.” Read more.

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