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Unicorns, rainbows, and unicorn magic: storying new knowledge of black masculinities within the WWE

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posted on 2024-01-24, 16:29 authored by Nik DickersonNik Dickerson

This paper examines the story arc of a trio of Black male wrestlers called the New Day within the World Wrestling Entertainment industry (WWE) who go from militant nationalists, stereotypical singing/dancing preachers, and finally to self-described unicorns bringing magic back to the WWE. Wrestling is used to explore anti-Blackness, Black masculinity, and conceptions of the human/humanity. Drawing on Katherine McKittrick's Black methodological intervention of textual accumulation to interrogate issues of race, masculinity, and sexuality within their performances, I argue the group's unique position as wrestlers allows us to conceptualize the trio as “writers” of fiction; a position that when read through Kevin Young's concept of storying provides insight into a Black creative practice engaging in alternative worldmaking and rewriting understandings of the human outside of a Western European framework. I advocate that the stories of the New Day not only provide glimpses into new genres of being human, but also forms of Black manhood(s) outside of a patriarchal framework.

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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International Review for the Sociology of Sport

Publisher

Sage

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  • VoR (Version of Record)

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© The Author(s)

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This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).

Acceptance date

2023-12-01

Publication date

2024-01-09

Copyright date

2024

ISSN

1012-6902

eISSN

1461-7218

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Nik Dickerson. Deposit date: 6 December 2023

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