Dave Chappelle is an American Folk Hero

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That Chappelle is an African-American raised by college professor parents, a Muslim with a Filipino wife, three biracial children and a white stepbrother, speaks to his singular ability to remix cultural boundaries in ways many cannot, or wish they could. He also happens to feel most comfortable in Middle America, on the acres of land he bought in Yellow Springs, Ohio, in the 2000s. So, yes, he is sprawling urban graffiti, with his casual usage of the N-word, his elastic black English and his fusillade of curse words, but he's also small-town folk with a hard-won vulnerability.

 

From “Dave Chapelle is an American Folk Hero” by Kevin Powell for New York Times T Magazine; Photo by Inez and Vinoodh (@inezandvinoodh). Source: thestory.bar