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Why I Am a Five Percenter

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A thoughtful, insider view of The Five Percenters-a deeply complex and misunderstood community whose ideas and symbols influenced the rise of hip-hop. Misrepresented in the media as a black parallel to the Hell's Angels, portrayed as everything from a vicious street gang to quasi- Islamic revolutionaries, The Five Percenters are a movement that began as a breakaway sect f ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 13th 2011 by TarcherPerigee
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leslie nikole
Interesting points. I've been interested in the Five Percenters since hearing about it through music and regular trips to New York in the late 90s/early 00s. I'm not going to lie, I was hesitant to pick this up because I'm never really sure what I'm going to get when reading something like this from the perspective of a white man, but it wasn't too bad. The chapter that interested me the most was "Battlefield Earth: Five Percenter Feminism". Definitely an interesting chapter and good use of quot ...more
Nov 01, 2015 Nica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being recommended this by a friend I was extremely excited to read it, and through out the book I was excited to turn onto the next page. I came into reading this book knowing barely anything about 'The Five Percenters' except a few things from frequent runs in and out of New York and in music and after reading, I feel more educated on them. Learning and reading about them has helped me open my eyes more and understand everyday things in different perspectives. I would highly recommend this to a ...more
Vika Gardner
Another in the series of Michael Muhammad Knight's intellectual history. This work should be read by anyone who has any interest at all in the 5%ers, as Knight outlines the group and his own growth within it. In many ways it's also essential reading for anyone white who is interested in African American life and culture, for Knight's thoroughly considered approach, which includes explanations of how he came to the positions, provides food for thought for virtually any white Americans who need to ...more
Derek Denton
May 22, 2012 Derek Denton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Knight revisits one of his longtime fascinations (the Nation of Gods and Earths, aka Five Percenters) in the conversational first-person style that he employs in nearly all of his writing. This time out, however, there's a good deal of scholarly muscle powering the punches; Knights fleshes out his personal impressions and reminiscences with plenty of solid research and thoughtful social commentary. Coupled with some unusually crisp, sharply focused writing, this makes for one of Knight's most br ...more
Cal Owen
Mar 18, 2014 Cal Owen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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there was a lot i loved here and some dissapointment. if you are writing about a culture talking to a woman from that culture would be a good thing (if nowhere else at least in your chapter on feminism)
Apr 06, 2012 Enso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting first person perspective on how Knight grappled with Five Percenter thought, and ultimately embraced it, in the context of being a white, convert, Sunni Muslim.
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Michael Muhammad Knight (born 1977) is an American novelist, essayist, and journalist. His writings are popular among American Muslim youth. The San Francisco Chronicle described him as "one of the most necessary and, paradoxically enough, hopeful writers of Barack Obama's America," while The Guardian has described him as "the Hunter S. Thompson of Islamic literature," and his non-fiction work exe ...more
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