The Hip Hop Generation by Bakari Kitwana
The Crisis in African American Culture

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The Hip Hop Generation is an eloquent testament for black youth culture at the turn of the century. The only in-depth study of the first generation to grow up in post-segregation America, it combines culture and politics into a pivotal work in American studies. Bakari Kitwana, one of black America's sharpest young critics, offers a sobering look at this generation's disproportionate social and political troubles, and celebrates the activism and politics that may herald the beginning of a new phase of African-American empowerment.

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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.
Published August 5, 2008 by Basic Civitas Books. 260 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Parenting & Relationships, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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A chapter entitled “Where Did Our Love Go?” visits the gender war that manifests itself in rap misogyny and stems from young black men’s angry perception that they stand little chance of attaining fulfillment or rewards in American society.

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But institutional racism itself does not exist, and each outcome discrepancy Kitwana cites as proof of it — from black underperformance in schools to black over-representation on unemployment lines and in the criminal-justice system — can be accounted for in straight...

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A former editor at the hip-hop periodical The Source and author of the 2002 book, The Hip-Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African-American Culture — which gave a name to the group of 18 to 40 year olds who grew up as hip-hop culture took over the world, and which also provided the ...

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