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The HipHop Declaration of Peace

This Hiphop Declaration of Peace guides Hiphop Kulture toward freedom from violence, and establishes advice and protection for the existence and development of our Hiphop community. Through the principles of Hiphop Declaration of Peace we, Hiphop Kulture. Establish a foundation … Continue reading

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“Take Me to Your Leader”: A Critical Analysis of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network

The predominantly college-aged crowd is growing more starstruck each time Hip-Hop Summit Action Network’s Dr. Benjamin Chavis Muhammad introduces another rap icon. It’s NBA 2004 All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, and summit organizers have recruited some of Hip-Hop’s biggest names … Continue reading

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Who’s Gonna Take the Weight? Manhood, Race, and Power in America

(New York: Three Rivers Press, 2003) Hip-hop crusader, activist, and cultural critic Kevin Powell, who may be best known as a cast member from the first season of MTV’s The Real World, has written a passionate, brutally honest book, about … Continue reading

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Been Brown So Long It Looked Like Green To Me

(Monroe, Maine: Common Courage Press 2004). Politics leaves its boot-print on almost every aspect of our lives. From our schools to health care, jobs, and the environment, it seems we can never win when up against the powers that be. … Continue reading

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The Hip-Hop Generation*

Hip-hop was born into death, mayhem, and violence.  Hip-hop was the movement that rose from the ashes of the Civil Rights/Black Power movement’s flameout. I am very much like a lot of heads in the hip-hop generation: I am not … Continue reading

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Hip-Hop Studies and The New Culture Wars

Every so often a few disgruntles with an agenda line up their cannons to take a shot at hip-hop. In large response to a hip-hop studies movement that is daily gaining momentum, the anti-hip-hop crusaders this time are Black scholars. … Continue reading

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Preserving Hip Hop Culture

Marcyliena Morgan — Interviewed by Regina Naasirah Blackburn Regina Naasirah Blackburn: You are the founding director of the Hip-Hop Archive,* one of the first scholarly archives devoted solely to hip-hop music and culture, at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at … Continue reading

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Hip-Hop White Wash: The Impact of Eminem on Rap Music and Music Industry Economics

Many within the hip-hop industry have long feared a day when the origins and foundations of this culture would undergo a corporate-influenced change in order to make it palatable to mainstream America.  Well, in many ways it appears that day … Continue reading

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Live, from Newark: The National Hip Hop Political Convention

“When you really understand what hip hop is, you know it’s not a label at all,” declared a participant at a women’s-only conclave on a rainy Friday in Newark, New Jersey.  The depth of this wise assessment was plumbed during … Continue reading

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The Politics of Hip Hop

Honorable George Martinez — Interviewed by Ron Hayduk Ron Hayduk: How did you get to be called “The Honorable Rithm”? George Martinez: It’s not like I didn’t have honor before I got elected, but the title Honorable was conferred on … Continue reading

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