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The Hip-Hop Generation : Young Blacks and the Crisis in African-American Culture
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.
"Today there are a slew of books about what is now being called the 'hip hop generation.' Luckily The Hip Hop Generation gets it right. Kitwana is successful in balancing critical analysis with practical, everyday observations about this generation. That balance has produced a book that is accessible to every generation...A powerful and enjoyable read."
-- Black Issues Book Review
"A must-read for those interested in hip-hop."
-- San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"While Kitwana makes clear arguments about what has affected Black youth over the last twenty years, from lock-ups to loitering laws, he doesn't simply enumerate the issues on a continuous loop, he looks toward solutions."
-- Los Angeles Times
"Kitwana provide[s] this group with an identity beyond the notion that the hip-hop generation is just Generation X in blackface."
-- Washington Post Book World
"Without dogma or jargon, Bakari Kitwana's important new book cuts to the chase... The Hip Hop Generation is Kitwana's manifesto. No self-esteem-driven mazes of passive-voice philosophizing here...Equal parts generational critique, pro-Black youth polemic, op-ed analysis, and hip-hop Molotov, Kitwana's book has already garnered comparisons to Harold Cruse's brilliant 1967 rant against black leaders, The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual. "
-- Village Voice
"The Hip Hop Generation...presents an ambitious but pragmatic plan of action based on the notion that hip-hop may offer a solution to the many crises threatening the black community. It's an admirable effort."
-- Chicago Tribune
"The author does a superior job of depicting the hip-hop generationers' worldview and convincingly explaining why young African Americans do not share their parents' optimism...His candid overview deserves a hearing."
-- Kirkus Reviews
"An educated, accomplished author very much at ease on the streets of black America...Kitwana [has] become a cogent narrator of the hip-hop subculture, a subculture that is helping to shape a whole generation of African Americans."
-- New York Newsday
"An insightful study of post-integration black culture and its influence on the world."
"The author does a superior job of depicting the hip-hop generationers' worldview and convincingly explaining why young African-Americans do not share their parents' optimism. . . his candid overview deserves a hearing."
-- Kirkus Reviews
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Basic Civitas Books
April 23, 2003
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