Chapter 20: African Men in the United States: Stories of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Power

The author explores narratives and discourses about/by black male bodies in the United States from slavery to the beginning of the 21st century. Relying upon historical analysis applied through an Afrocentric perspective, the author constructs an original paradigm, the Five Movements Paradigm (FMP), for conceptualizing the various narratives at the intersection of race, gender, sexuality, and class. The complexities and nuances of five major movements within African American communities are unpacked to demonstrate a web of interdependence and counterdiscourse. Addressing issues of sexuality and gender performance, the author presents an original framework, Tripartite Model of Preference Distinctions (TMPD), for examining/distinguishing certain sexual practices, social practices, and relationship choices.