Wednesday, June 01, 2005
Thangs To Do, Books To Read


I was honored to blurb the following two books because they both bring the topic of whiteness and hip-hop together in provocative ways.

Bakari Kitwana's Why White Kids Love Hip-Hop came out yesterday. After focusing on the issues of post-civil rights African Americans in his classic book, The Hip-Hop Generation, he moves to hip-hop's multiracial appeal here, and specifically its draw for exurban and suburban whites. He argues that hip-hop offers a space for real talk about race to occur. You get his read on Eminem, updates and analysis on the ongoing hip-hop political project, and most intriguing to me, his deconstruction of the idea that "70% of all hip-hop buyers are white". This latter section is especially sharp--Bakari unpacks the racial implications of that claim, then debunks it as a myth. Even if you disagree with Bakari, you have to take him seriously. Great reading.

Adam Mansbach's novel, Angry Black White Boy, takes the same topic from a different point of view. It's an absurd comedy, in the tradition of Percival Everett, taking the idea of one white guy's blackface-activist experiment to the anti-Vanilla Ice extreme. I can't describe the plot without giving it away, but I can say that Adam takes you where you want to go, where you don't want to go, and then he keeps on going. Read it, then get one for the wigga in your life.

We're doing an event at Cody's later this month, with the original Tricia Rose and the brilliant Dave Stovall. Check here for the info.



Last, if you're in the City tomorrow, check out the special DVD release party for Freestyle being sponsored by our friends at Future Primitive and the Giant Peach. Kevin Fitzgerald will be there to sign DVDs. I got to see the whole thing in Minneapolis when Intermedia Arts screened it after my talk there. It captures all the vitality and power of a crucial moment in the hip-hop underground in the mid-to-late 90s.

FREESTYLE: The Art of Rhyme
Directed by Kevin Fitzgerald

JUNE 2

Meet & Greet / Signing with Director and Guests - 6:00pm
Future Primitive Sound HQ
597 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Special Screening and Afterparty at Money$hot - 9:00pm
with special guest MCs
Milk
1840 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

posted by Zentronix @ 8:11 AM   2 comments links to this post

2 Comments:

At 6/1/05, 8:08 PM, Blogger Hashim said...

"Even if you disagree with Bakari, you have to take him seriously. Great reading."

mm-kay. I'll take your word for it.

 
At 6/2/05, 7:54 AM, Blogger Dove With Claws said...

Mansbach's book is fabulous. I've heard really mixed things about Kitwana, but your word is good enough for me to check it out.

 

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

 

Previous posts
The Minutemen Vs. Anti-Racists
Dan Charnas on Blacks and Jews
Mark Anthony Neal on Common
The Latest in Mac Dre's Murder
A Long Bad Summer
Me and Lizz On The Source Petition
Crowning The City of Quartz
Catching Up
Lefty Comedy...
Are Asians and Latinos Just A Different Kind of Wh...


select * from pages where handle = "BlogLinks" #content#

Archives
June 2002
July 2002
August 2002
September 2002
October 2002
November 2002
December 2002
January 2003
February 2003
March 2003
April 2003
May 2003
June 2003
July 2003
August 2003
September 2003
October 2003
November 2003
December 2003
January 2004
February 2004
March 2004
April 2004
May 2004
June 2004
July 2004
August 2004
September 2004
October 2004
November 2004
December 2004
January 2005
February 2005
March 2005
April 2005
May 2005
June 2005
July 2005
August 2005
September 2005
October 2005
November 2005
December 2005
January 2006
February 2006
March 2006
April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
August 2006
September 2006
October 2006
November 2006
December 2006
January 2007
February 2007
March 2007
April 2007
May 2007
June 2007
July 2007
August 2007
September 2007
October 2007
November 2007
December 2007
January 2008
February 2008
March 2008
April 2008
May 2008
June 2008
July 2008
August 2008
September 2008
October 2008
November 2008
December 2008
January 2009
February 2009
 

Email list

Add me to the Can't Stop Won't Stop email list, an irregular update of what's new in our world:

Submit