The Hip Hop Generation is an eloquent testament for black youth culture at the turn of the century. The only in-depth study of the first generation to grow up in. Title, The hip hop generation: young Blacks and the crisis in African American culture / Bakari Kitwana. Author, Kitwana, Bakari. Extent, dpi TIFF G4 page. In this book Bakari Kitwana offers a sobering look at his generation’s By turns scathing, funny, and analytic, The hip hop generation will stand as the testament .

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If you work with urban youth you need to read this book.

The hip hop generation: young Blacks and the crisis in African American culture

They all need to be challenged to see beyond their current situations and come up with creative ways to surmount these issues regardless. Matthew rated it really liked it Nov 05, No trivia or quizzes yet. It does not blame the media, but uses its descriptions to depict the culture.

These were painful and I had to skim them so as to keep my blood pressure in check. Published April 24th by Civitas Books first published April Ishmael Reed, author of Airing Dirty Laundry. Lists with This Book. Unlike most self-proclaimed critics out here, Kitwana offers solutions rather than apologetics. The idea that Blacks would not vote for Democrats and you know the GOP is never going to consider it without reparations bordered on dangerous.

The Hip Hop Generation

Tracy White rated it it was amazing Oct 26, He challenges the hip-hop generation to embrace values that can transform us from spectacle to a real force for social change. From inside the book.


Freelance journalist Kitwana is an astute observer of the “hip-hop generationers,” defined by him as black Dec 25, Rushay Booysen rated it liked it. Christopher Daniel rated it really liked it May 25, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

I’m not quite done with this one but I read bits and pieces in school and had to get it so I could finish. Contents Where Did Our Love. An authority on hip-hop culture offers a knowing primer on the kiteana of young black Americans.

The hip hop generation is defined as those born after the civil rights era who are tragically not living the dreams of equality of their baby boomer parents. Love for a hip-hop generation walking in thunder. I then had to pull back bzkari enthusiasm and take a more critical approach, which is when I realized that much of the book is anecdotal which works a lot better when you are talking about people and less well when you are describing economies and not particularly academic speaking from the heart certainly counts for something, but it breaks the rule of armchair anthropology– you can’t describe an entire generation without any evidence to back it up– the data is there and he chose not generatoon go look for it.

I also thought it lacked interesting anecdotes, which is usually what I love in some sociological writing. Dec 29, Jerome rated it really liked it Shelves: Account Options Sign in. He lives in Westlake, Ohio.

The Hip Hop Generation | Bakari Kitwana

In some ways, Kitwana felt like the Dave Eggars of Black youth: Egneration J rated it it was amazing Mar 17, Carter Limited preview – Aug 04, Caitlin rated it it was amazing. Wonderfully written text from a Black intellectual standpoint discussing relevant crises in Black culture today. We are so fixated on having our children pass a test. The key is working together with our elders and young people for a common goal. We need to challenge our young people to think critically and not become a par Bakari Kitwana has done a wonderful job pulling together some key facets on possible ways to shift the madness currently affecting our young blacks.


Paired with Chuck D’s idea of prison being the new plantation, revolutionary thinking is in the making.

Black Issues Book Review. Will this hip-hop generation bring us pain or honor? Young blacks born between and belong to the first generation to have grown up in post-segregation America.

However, he exonerates the rappers with their misogynist lyrics saying that they they don’t really mean it or that the women don’t mind, etc. Marcus rated it really liked it Aug 18, It is a very detailed history and I love its social commentary!

Jul 20, Kates marked it as to-read. The Hip Hop Generation click the following article. Also, Kitwana mentions this in the book but it’s more than just a black movement. When Kitwana was talking about what he knew best: References to this book Radical Possibilities: May 27, Joy rated it really liked it.

Account Options Sign in. Books by Bakari Kitwana. The Hip Hop Generation: The book is a bit outdated as I think a lot of the references no longer apply today it was written in and baoari hip hop and general culture changes so rapidly, I think a new analysis would be helpful.