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The Hip-Hop Generation: Young Blacks and 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 dispro ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 24th 2003 by Basic Civitas Books (first published April 2002)
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Jun 11, 2008 Mehrsa rated it liked it
This book is an attempt to use hip hop and certain hip hop generation movies to illustrate the crisis in black culture today. It does not blame the media, but uses its descriptions to depict the culture. There are a lot of good points in here and a lot of interesting connections between certain laws and government trends as well as other cultural forces that have affected the black community since civil rights. The hip hop generation is defined as those born after the civil rights era who are tr ...more
Mar 05, 2010 Rodney rated it liked it
Bakari Kitwana has done a wonderful job pulling together some key facets on possible ways to shift the madness currently affecting our young blacks. I'm not a fan of generalizations, but I understand that it's the only means for people to sit down and have a collective discussion. Honestly, I'm a part of this hip hop generation. Individuals born between the 1965 ~ 1984, but I felt that his book was not speaking to me. We need to challenge our young people to think critically and not become a par ...more
What I really liked about this book was the author's ability to suss out the differences between the values and perspective of the Civil Right's Era generation and the new generation. When Kitwana was talking about what he knew best: sociology of Blacks in America, he was a pleasure to read and for this reason alone I thought the book was worth taking a good look at, especially the first half. I wish he would have spent more time on this topic and less time on trying to solve the nation's proble ...more
Stephen Yates
Somewhat dated (as it applies to the development of hip hop music/culture), it nonetheless captures the development of black culture during the rise of hip hop, especially with regards to social issues (black incarceration, economic issues, etc.). A good jumping off point, helpful also because of his coining of the idea of 'the hip hop generation' and his giving of the dates of 1963-1986 to center the development of 1st generation hip hop culture. Others have built on Kitwana's thesis and spoken ...more
Jan 17, 2016 Jerome rated it really liked it
A clear-headed approach to addressing societal inequities through the medium of art. Not an ode of victimization but a fact based redress to the old tired rhetoric that blasts rap. Knowing the issues that rap and the hip hop culture addresses is vital to seeing it as a contrast to and critique of the so-called moral majority. If you work with urban youth you need to read this book.
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Aug 19, 2014 RK Byers rated it it was amazing
Bakari ALWAYS does his homework!
May 07, 2010 Caroline rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully written text from a Black intellectual standpoint discussing relevant crises in Black culture today. I especially enjoyed the discussions regarding gender identity and relations, as well as the issue of incarceration. Paired with Chuck D's idea of prison being the new plantation, revolutionary thinking is in the making.
Feb 11, 2008 Jill rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this book. However, it seemed heavy on problems, and light on solutions. I also thought it lacked interesting anecdotes, which is usually what I love in some sociological writing. An okay enough read, just not my favorite.
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Dec 29, 2010 Rushay Booysen rated it liked it
What i thought would be a breakdown of the hip hop culture turned out more into a backdrop of the social economic/ills of the black community in america.I enjoyed parts of the book but wasnt fully satisfied with the read.
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Dec 02, 2009 Tia Crane rated it really liked it
I'm not quite done with this one but I read bits and pieces in school and had to get it so I could finish. It is a very detailed history and I love its social commentary!
Aug 04, 2008 Caitlin rated it it was amazing
outstanding and critical analysis of the state of the hip hop generation in America.
Sep 20, 2007 Mscharlee rated it liked it
Very good read. Paints a picture of lots of things wrong within my generation.
Jun 28, 2008 Joy rated it really liked it
Kitwana has a finger on the pulse of the movement.
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Nov 02, 2008 Ashley Shear rated it it was ok
Kinda hard to get into.
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