Why White Kids Love Hip-hop: Wangstas, Wiggers, Wannabes, and the New Reality of Race in America

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Basic Civitas, 2005 - History - 222 pages
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Our national conversation about race is out-of-date. Hip-hop is the key to understanding how things are changing. In a book that will appeal to hip-hoppers both black and white and their parents, Kitwana teases apart the culture of hip-hop to illuminate how race is being lived by young Americans. He poses and answers a plethora of questions, among them: Does hip-hop belong to black kids? What in hip-hop appeals to white youth? Is hip-hop different from what R&B, jazz, and even rock 'n' roll meant to previous generations? What does class have to do with it? How do young Americans think about race, and how has hip-hop influenced their perspective? Kitwana addresses uncomfortable truths about America's level of comfort with black people, challenging preconceived notions of race. With this brave tour de force, Bakari Kitwana takes his place alongside the greatest African American intellectuals of the past decades.--From publisher description.

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Review: Why White Kids Love Hip Hop: Wankstas, Wiggers, Wannabes, and the New Reality of Race in America

User Review  - Mat - Goodreads

Any book that tried to give concrete answers to a premise as subjective as "Why White Kids Love Hip-Hop" would be open to ridicule. But the author, a former editor of "hip-hop Bible" The Source, takes ... Read full review

Review: Why White Kids Love Hip Hop: Wankstas, Wiggers, Wannabes, and the New Reality of Race in America

User Review  - Natalie S. - Goodreads

I had such high expectations for this book, and I walked away so, so disappointed. My primary complaint: Kitwana doesn't spend much time talking about why white kids love hip-hop. She establishes that ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

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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