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The Hip-Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African-American Culture Paperback – April 24, 2003
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He looks closely at this generation's worldview, politics, activism, and its high profile in the entertainment world, which has made it "central in American culture, transcending geographic, social, and economic boundaries." Emphasizing that "rap music's ability to influence social change should not be taken lightly," he calls for a more responsible and constructive use of this unprecedented power. Kitwana is concerned about the legacy of his generation, and he wants his book to "jump-start the dialogue necessary to change our current course." The Hip Hop Generation deserves to be read both for its aim and its execution. --Shawn Carkonen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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You voice needs to be heard, Bro. Kitwana. We have already lost one generation (two if you count the "Superfly" generation of the 70s who inspired/misled the hiphoppers), so we need to mentor the next one carefully before we lose another.
Having said this, as far as depth of argument is concerned Bakari Kitwana's informative and overall brilliant "The Hip-Hop Generation " is an unfinished work; I believe that his take on the SOLUTIONS to the various CRISES facing young Blacks in African-American Culture remains wanting.
To start with Kitwana combines insider's knowledge, intellectual sophistication, and scholarship to surgically identify, discuss and evaluate what he calls the "new crises" confronting post-Civil Rights/Black Power African-American youths. Be it race & gender relations, politics, employment, and Black film/music aesthetics, to name a few, nothing escapes Kitwana's sharp critical gaze. I wish though that Kitwana could muster a similar strength in the second half of his book where he deals with "confronting" these crises in African-American Culture. What is more, Kitwana the author's (understandable?Read more ›
While the book explains that our generation must be more politically aware and activist-minded, more emphasis should have been placed on the vital role economic development plays in this movement in order for us to make a profound impact in our communities.
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I thought that this would be a well-researched analysis of the generation born between 1965-1984, but what I found was cobbling together of statistics with the author's personal... Read morePublished on September 29, 2012 by AC Brown
This is a well written book, but its in the clearance section for a reason. Its not the most intelligent, and not the most thorough, but it is a good read for the money.Published on January 17, 2008 by C. Castillo
I like the crisis in african american culture and the hip hop generation because it allows me to know what is going on in the world. Read morePublished on February 21, 2006 by William Bell Jr.
This one is good for the parents of teens and especially for the white parents to know whats up with there children and why they want to be like us. Read morePublished on August 23, 2005 by HipHop Junky