Often when doing Rapsessions w/ @NewBlackman & @milfinainteasy, we remind folks that "gender" including masculinity http://lnk.ms/bzGdx
Continuing the discussion with @NewBlackman from the important Rap Sessions national dialogues of race and gender. http://lnk.ms/bzGdx
It is easy to wax poetic about what isn't there. how abt an honest dialogue: hip-hop, homophobia & masculinity. http://lnk.ms/bzGdx
@RahlielT raises an important new question about hip-hop, masculinity and homophobia in light of recent events http://lnk.ms/bzGdx
Great insight from @NewBlackman on Jay-Z, Obama and same sex marriage debate. http://lnk.ms/bzGdx
Generalbiking. basketball. politics. good vegan food.
MoviesYes in My Backyard; The Spook Who Sat by the Door; Something the Lord Made; Hip-Hop Beyond Beats and Rhymes; Battle of Algiers; Belly
BooksBlack on the Block by Mary Pattillo; The N-Word by Jabari Asim; New York Rican From the Hip-Hop Zone by Raquel Rivera; Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies by Noam Chomsky; We Who Are Dark: The Philosophical Foundations of Black Solidarity by Tommie Shelby; New BlackMan by Mark Anthony Neal; Pimps Up, Hos Down by Tracy Sharpley Whiting; Fighting for Us by Scot Brown; Total Chaos by Jeff Chang; Angry Black White Boy, by Adam Mansbach; Who Shot Ya? by Ernie Paniccioli; Plan B by Chester Himes; Knees of a Natural Man by Henry Dumas; Enemies: The Clash of Races by Haki Madhubuti; Black Men: Obsolete, Single, Dangerous by Haki Madhubuti; Wounded in the House of a Friend by Sonia Sanchez; Homegirls and Handgrenades by Sonia Sanchez; From Plan to Planet: The Need for Afrikan Minds and Institutions by Haki Madhubuti; When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost by Joan Morgan; Strategies for Resolving Conflicts in Black Male/Female Relationships by LaFrancis Rodgers-Rose; Let the Circle be Unbroken by Marimba Ani; The Book of Coming Forth by Day by Maulana Karenga; Chains and Images of Psychological Slavery by Naim Akbar; The Pschopathic Racial Personality by Bobby Wright; In Love and In Trouble by Alice Walker; I Write What I Like by Steve Biko.
HeroesGeronimo Ji Jaga; Kwame Nkrumah; El Hajj Malik El Shabazz; Fannie Lou Hamer; Mary McCloud Bethune;
- Aug 5, 2008 12:07 PM Ludacris Controversy Highlights Need for Morality in Hip-Hop
About me:THE OFFICIAL
I’m trying everyday to do my part to make the world a better place. My medium is what my long-time mentor, poet-activist Haki Madhubuti calls “the idea business,” where those of us who know battle daily for the hearts and minds of free thinking people across the globe who would resist the imperialistic madness of our time.
I try to write what hasn’t been written. I want to build with brothers and sisters who recognize race as a social construct (and some real ish too) across the nation and across the world who understand that together we can make the world a better place. My medium has been defined by many as hip-hop activism, scholarship and more.
AND FOR THE GOVERNMENT HEADS . . .
Bakari Kitwana is a journalist, activist and political analyst whose commentary on politics and youth culture have been seen on the CNN, FOX News (the O’Reilly Factor), C-Span, PBS (The Tavis Smiley Show) and heard on NPR. His 2002 book The Hip-Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African American Culture, which focuses on young Blacks born after the Civil Rights Movement, has been adopted as a course book in classrooms at over 100 colleges and universities.
The Executive Director of Rap Sessions: Community Dialogues on Hip-Hop, which tours the nation conducting difficult dialogues facing the hip-hop generation, Kitwana published his first book, The Rap on Gangsta Rap in 1994. Since then he’s been the Editorial Director of Third World Press, Executive Editor of the Source and co-founder the first ever National Hip-Hop Political Convention, which brought over 4000 young people to Newark in 2004 to create and endorse a political agenda for the hip-hop generation.
A consultant on hip-hop for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Kitwana is artist-in-residence at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago, where he teaches a course entitled “The Politics of the Hip-Hop Generation.” An active writer, his essays have appeared in the Village Voice, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, Newsday, Savoy and the Progressive. For the last decade, he’s lectured and given keynote presentations at the nation’s leading colleges and universities, including Princeton University, Harvard University, Stanford University, the University of California – Berkeley, Columbia University and countless others across the country.
A native of Long Island, NY, he holds a B.A. and two Masters degrees (in English and Teaching) from the University of Rochester. Why White Kids Love Hip-Hop (Basic Books, 2005) is his most recent book. The New York Times called his 2002 book The Hip-Hop Generation, which is used as a coursebook on over 100 college campuses, “the leading scholarly work on the culture.”
Who I'd like to meet:Nelson Mandel Denzel Washington Bob Herbert Assata Shakur John Brown
- Status: In a Relationship
- Here for: Friends
- Ethnicity: Black / African descent
- Zodiac Sign: Virgo
- Occupation: Writer/Lecture