The Hip Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African American Culture

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Basic Books, 2002 - Music - 230 pages
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Young blacks born between 1965 and 1984 belong to the first generation to have grown up in post-segregation America. In this book Bakari Kitwana offers a sobering look at his generation's disproportionate incarceration and unemployment rates, as well as the collapse of its gender relations, and gives his own social and political analysis. He finds the pain of his generation buried in tough, slick gangsta movies, and their voice in the lyrics of rap music, "the black person's CNN." By turns scathing, funny, and analytic, The hip hop generation will stand as the testament of black youth culture at the turn of the century. With insight and understanding, Bakari Kitwana has combined the culture and politics of his generation into a pivotal work in American studies.

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Review: The Hip-Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African-American Culture

User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

What I really liked about this book was the author's ability to suss out the differences between the values and perspective of the Civil Right's Era generation and the new generation. When Kitwana was ... Read full review

Review: The Hip-Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African-American Culture

User Review  - Stephen Yates - Goodreads

Somewhat dated (as it applies to the development of hip hop music/culture), it nonetheless captures the development of black culture during the rise of hip hop, especially with regards to social ... Read full review


The New Black Youth Culture The Emergence of the HipHop Generation
Americas Outcasts The Employment Crisis
Race War Policing Incarceration and the Containment of Black Vouth
Where Did Our Love Go? The New War of the Sexes
Young Dont Give a Fuck and Black Black Gangster Films
Activism in the HipHip Generation Redefining Social Responsibility
The Politics of the HipHop Generation Identifying a Political Agenda
The Challenge of Rap Music From Cultural Movement to Political Power

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Bakari Kitwana was the Executive Editor of The Source from 1994-98; Editorial Director at Third World Press; and a music reviewer for NPR's All Things Considered. He currently freelances for the Village Voice, Savoy, The Source, and the Progressive, and his weekly column, "Do the Knowledge," is published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He is the author of The Rap on Gangsta Rap and The Hip Hop Generation. He lives in Westlake, Ohio.

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