«With the unflinching bravery of a Hip Hop feminist, Bettina L. Love confronts the damaging effects of Hip Hop on young Black girls, while loving Hip Hop and articulating how it reflects the racism, capitalism, sexism, and patriarchy of America.» (Elaine Richardson, The Ohio State University; Author of ‘Hiphop Literacies’)<BR> «Bettina L. Love’s unique stance is bold and a critical conversation starter. We travel with the author from Rochester, New York to Atlanta, Georgia, making stops along the way to deconstruct the media’s role in contemporary Hip Hop, address the consumption of Hip Hop by Black girls, explore the role of the South on Hip Hop, and meet seven amazing young women who take us on this starkly honest journey. This book is a beautiful piece of scholarship.» (Christopher Emdin, Columbia University; Author of ‘Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop Generation’)
About the Author
Bettina L. Love is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Elementary and Social Studies at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on the ways in which urban youth negotiate Hip Hop music and culture to form social, cultural and political identities. A continuing thread of her scholarship involves exploring new ways of thinking about urban education and culturally relevant pedagogical approaches for urban learners. More specifically, she is interested in transforming urban classrooms through the use of non-traditional educational curricula (e.g., Hip Hop pedagogy, media literacy, Hip Hop feminism and popular culture). Building on that theme, Dr. Love also has a passion for studying the school experiences of queer youth, along with race and equality in education. Her work has appeared in numerous books and journals, including Gender Forum, Educational Studies, and Race, Gender and Class.