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Rap Sessions: Race and Hip-Hop


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Since its inception, hip-hop has been the gathering point for MCs, DJs, graffiti artists, and B-boys and B-girls of all races and ethnicities. This mixing of cultures has formed a major movement that affects individual communities and neighborhoods as well as our society at large. Join five leading writers, thinkers, and artists in a discussion of radically new ways that the hip-hop generation is processing race in America.

Copresented by Macalester College, this forum features Bakari Kitwana, cofounder of the National Hip-Hop Political Convention, author of The Hip Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African-American Culture (2005), and former executive editor of The Source; Adam Mansbach, author of Angry Black White Boy or, The Miscegenation of Macon Detornay (2005) and Shackling Water (2002); Ernie Paniccioli, photographer and author of Who Shot Ya?: Three Decades of Hiphop Photography (2002); Oliver Wang, editor of Classic Material: The Hip-Hop Album Guide (2003); and DeAnna Cummings, curator of B-Girl Be: A Celebration of Women in Hip-Hop and executive director of Juxtaposition Arts.