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

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Basic Civitas, 2002 - FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS - 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. Their historical significance is tremendous, but until now there has been no in-depth study of the African American youth who are making this important chapter in our nation's history. Bakari Kitwana, one of black America's sharpest young cultural critics, 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 provocative 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 extraordinary 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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THE HIP HOP GENERATION: The Crisis in African American Culture

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An authority on hip-hop culture offers a knowing primer on the state of young black Americans.Freelance journalist Kitwana is an astute observer of the "hip-hop generationers," defined by him as black ... Read full review

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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


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BAKARI KITWANA was the Executive Editor of The Source, the country's best-selling music magazine, for much of the nineties; Editorial Director at 3rd World Press, a black nationalist publishing house; 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 Basic's The Hip Hop Generation. He lives in Westlake, Ohio.

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