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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Excellent book that provides an Afrocentric perspective of the Hip-hop generation and its place within American society.

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User Review  - Rushay Booysen - Goodreads

What i thought would be a breakdown of the hip hop culture turned out more into a backdrop of the social economic/ills of the black community in america.I enjoyed parts of the book but wasnt fully satisfied with the read. 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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About the author (2002)

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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