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Race and Class In and Around the Council Estate: Youngers Clip #3

by jheanelle brown

This clip dovetails with the earlier analysis of class in Top Boy. Although again, poverty is racialized as principally Black, there are various manifestations of Blackness across class identities. In this clip, Jay returns to his father’s plumbing customer, a former girl group member whose band achieved some success in the past. In the earlier scene, Jay and his White father, as working class people, are deferential to Kalisha, the (presumably) biracial and wealthy former singer. Jay returns to give Kalisha Youngers’ demo, in hopes that she will pass it off to her manager brother. This clip positions Jay’s roughness to Kalisha’s sophistication, which are understood to be results of their respective socioeconomic class positions.

Race and Class In and Around the Council Estate: Youngers Clip #3

Jay gives his demo to former girl group member Kalisha.

from Youngers (2013)
Creator: Benjamin Kuffuor; Levi David Addai; Channel 4
Distributor: YouTube
Posted by jheanelle brown
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