Monday, June 05, 2006
Me On Hip-Hop And American Identity

Hey fam,'s Border Talk series has given me a chance to blog on the topic of Hip-Hop and American Identity this whole month. Who knows if that was such a good idea, but hey! You get to decide.

(Apologies to the great Nelson George, BTW, because it looks like they bit your book title for the blog. Sorry for that.)

Over the next month, we'll hear from people like Reginald Hudlin, president of entertainment at BET, and Cristina VerĂ¡n, Rock Steady Crew member turned UN writer on indigenous people's movements, and many more.

Here's a teaser from today's entry:

Is it strange for an Asian Pacific Islander who grew up in the suburbs of Honolulu to be writing about hip-hop? I didn't think so.

But when I went out to promote my door-stopper of a book last year, I found out differently. Seemed like everyone wondered how someone of my background might have come to write a 500-plus page biceps-enhancer on the topic. (Thankfully, I never met the ones who didn't think there were 500-plus pages worth of the topic.)

I mean, did they live on the same planet as me?

When I got over being so defensive, I realized that unpacking that question could actually be quite interesting...

Read it all here. And definitely comment if you feel the spirit.

posted by Zentronix @ 1:39 PM   0 comments links to this post


Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link


Previous posts
R.I.P. Desmond Dekker
The South Berkeley Guide To The Conservative Guide...
Ed Park on Kaavya Vishwanathan
Some Of The Most Important Shows Of The Year
Poptomism v. Rockism For Dummies
Dr. Antwi Akom Case: Update
Cody's Telegraph Is Closing
Immigrant Rights And Anti-Black Racism
Funniest Headline Of The Day (...If You're Not A M...

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

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: