Testimonials

“Bakari Kitwana speaks for both African Americans in hip-hop who demand an inclusive world and for whites who are negotiating the racial landscape. He shares his vision of a hip-hop political movement that gives voice and representation to those long ignored.”

—Marcyliena Morgan, Founder, The Hip-Hop Archive

(About Why White Kids Love Hip Hop) “Bakari Kitwana has provided a myth-busting, stereotype shattering, paradigm-shifting examination of the complex relationship between white youth and black popular culture. Eschewing tired clichés, refusing racial pieties, and resisting old habits of thought, Kitwana clears a brilliant path to fresh insight.”

—Michael Eric Dyson, author of Holler If You Hear Me and Is Bill Cosby Right?

(About Why White Kids Love Hip Hop) “A powerful, provocative book. Bakari Kitwana demonstrates not only that hip-hop is vibrantly alive, but also that its importance goes way beyond the usual controversies over lyrics and video images. In fact, it’s crucial for understanding youth culture and contemporary racial politics in the United States.”

—Racquel Z. Rivera, author of New York Ricans from the Hip Hop Zone

“A fearless, bracing and expansive intellect, Bakari Kitwana persuasively argues that the hip-hop generation has transformed how race is lived in America, and could be ready to transform its political realities too. Why White Kids Love Hip-Hop confirms his place as one of the most important thinkers of our generation.”

—Jeff Chang, author of Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation

(About Why White Kids Love Hip Hop) “This provocative book reveals how hip-hop has altered conventional ‘racial politics.’ Kitwana does not shy away from the lingering truths, stereotypes, and contradictions related to hip-hop, but he is clear that everyone can enjoy and experience hip-hop—just not at the expense of young Blacks who now, as in the beginning, remain its driving, creative force.”

—Yvonne Bynoe, author of Stand and Deliver: Political Activism, Leadership and Hip Hop Culture

“There are a slew of books about what is now being called the ‘hip-hop generation.’ Luckily, The Hip-Hop Generation gets it right.”

—Black Issues Book Review

“An educated, accomplished author, very much at ease on the streets of Black America, . . .Kitwana has become a cogent narrator of the hip-hop subculture, a subculture that is helping to shape a whole generation of African-Americans.”

—Newsday

(About The HIp Hop Generation) “An insightful study of post-segregation Black culture and its influence on the world.”

—Essence Magazine

(About The Hip Hop Generation)“Bakari Kitwana has written a bold and honest book, a much needed salvo that not only exposes the war on youth but their war on each other. Unlike most self-proclaimed critics out here, Kitwana offers solutions rather than apologetics. He challenges the hip-hop generation to embrace values that can transform us from spectacle to a real force for social change.”

—Robin D.G. Kelley, author of Yo’ Mama’s DisFunktional!: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America

“As the Notorious B.I.G. rapped, ‘Things Done Changed’—but Bakari Kitwana wants to know how and why that happened. The Hip-Hop Generation is a thorough, thoughtful examination of the dramatic forces that have shaped Black Americans raised in the post-Civil Rights era.”

—Alan Light, Editor-in-Chief, SPIN magazine and editor of The VIBE History of Hip-Hop

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