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It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop: The Rise of the Post-Hip-Hop Generation


reviewed by Arielle Greenberg — October 16, 2008

coverTitle: It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop: The Rise of the Post-Hip-Hop Generation
Author(s): M.K. Asante, Jr.
Publisher: St. Martin's Press, New York
ISBN: 0312373260, Pages: 288, Year: 2008
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As I write this review, the rest of the country and I are preparing to watch the first-ever U.S. presidential debate in which one of the candidates is African-American. Race, though clearly a factor in this historic election, has still been mostly underplayed: as Americans, we have much work to do in bringing a deep, more holistic discourse to the mainstream conversation about Blacks in America. Perhaps It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop, an engaging collection of essays by M.K. Asante, Jr., a poet, filmmaker and professor in his mid-twenties, will help us along in that effort. It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop is, as its title states, more than a book about a music or cultural youth movement: to help readers along with their “self-education” (a term that comes up often) about the Black experience, Asante provides historical timelines that cover slavery to the present, along with personal anecdotes, etymologies, amusing “interviews”... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 16, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15412, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 6:45:18 PM

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  • Arielle Greenberg
    Columbia College Chicago
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    ARIELLE GREENBERG is the author of two collections of poetry, co-editor of two anthologies on gender and poetry, and editor of a college course reader, Youth Subcultures: Exploring America’s Underground (Pearson Longman, 2006). She is an assistant professor in the English Department at Columbia College Chicago, and has been recently writing nonfiction about the homebirth subculture and about the new back-to-the-land movement.
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