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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What the Critics are Saying: Russell Simmons and many others have pulled together to add momentum to a movement spearheaded by “hip-hop generationers” and other generations.

The Hip Hop Generation

Wonderfully written text from a Black intellectual standpoint discussing relevant crises in Black culture thf. The book is a bit outdated as I think a lot of the references no longer apply today it was written in and since hip hop and general culture changes so rapidly, I think a new analysis would be helpful.

The Hip Hop Generation: May 27, Joy rated it really liked it. Alex Leonard rated it liked it May 18, I also think that the focus and analysis of hip hop music and film was not enough.

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

Bakari Kitwana has done a wonderful job pulling together some key facets on possible ways to shift the madness currently affecting our young blacks. No trivia or quizzes yet. Contents Where Did Our Love. Lists with This Book. I also thought it lacked interesting anecdotes, which is usually what I love in some sociological writing. A good jumping off point, helpful also because of his coining of the idea of ‘the hip hop generation’ and his giving of the dates of to center the development of 1st generation hip hop culture.

In this book Bakari Kitwana offers a sobering look at his generation’s disproportionate incarceration and unemployment rates, as well as the collapse of its gender relations, and gives Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America.


He lives in Westlake, Ohio. Dec 02, Tia Crane rated it really liked it. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to generaiton. User Review – Flag as inappropriate Gneration book that provides an Afrocentric perspective of the Hip-hop generation and its place within American society. The Hip Hop Generation click the following article.

Be the first to ask a question about The Hip-Hop Generation. Where Did Our Love. Christopher Daniel rated it really liked it May 25, Marcus rated it really liked it Aug 18, Kitwana has become a cogent narrator of the hip-hop subculture, a subculture that is helping to shape a whole generation of African-Americans.

Bakari Kitwana, one of black America’s sharpest young critics, offers a sobering look at this generation’s disproportionate social and political troubles, and celebrates the activism and politics that may herald the beginning of a new phase of African-American empowerment.

May 23, Sarah rated it it was ok Shelves: Published April 24th by Civitas Books first published April Jun 11, Mehrsa rated it liked it. With insight and understanding, Bakari Kitwana has combined the culture and politics of his generation into a pivotal work in American studies.

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

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. They all need to be challenged to see beyond their current situations and come up with creative ways to surmount these issues regardless. 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.

This book was going pretty well until the author made some painfully naive comments about economic development and globalization which betrayed the fact that he was speaking outside his comfort zone which happens to be mine. References to this book Radical Possibilities: I enjoyed parts of the book but wasnt fully satisfied with the read. The ending is what I have dubbed the Nintendo Manifesto. That’s the beauty of hip-hop. I think there are people who would disagree and I wanted him to back up some of those points.


My library Help Advanced Book Search. Our author gives a little lip-service to the idea that Blacks are capable of free thinking and have a variety of political ideas, but goes on to outline the agenda of the hip hop generation; a manifesto that includes seven points, aimed entirely at serving the interests of Black youth, not the nation as a whole or even Black children or elderly or women and betrayed the naivete and arrogance of youth.

Overall, good book, but it just fell short for me.

I enjoyed parts of the book but wasnt fully satisfied with the read. Others have built on Kitwana’s thesis and spoken of the Hip Hop Generation 2.

An authority on hip-hop culture offers a knowing primer on the state of young black Americans. It’s one thing to say that police brutality and sentencing laws have partly caused some of kutwana cultural conditions for the hip hop generation, but quite another to bring in free trade agreements and the general economy and just wars in general.

The Hip-Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African-American Culture by Bakari Kitwana

He challenges the hip-hop generation to embrace values that can transform us from spectacle to a real force for social change. Call me a privileged, white insert-expletive-here whatever, but reparations as hoo of the national agenda were hard to swallow in terms of likelihood of happening and I really thought Kitwana failed at his opportunity to convince me why they were something I should be passionate about.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Aug 04, Caitlin rated it it was amazing. Also, Kitwana mentions this in the book but it’s more than just a black movement.

I think he tries to make a political statement in this book, but I would have preferred a more thorough analysis of hip hop: Refresh and try again. Paints a picture of lots of things wrong within my generation. Kitwana has a finger on the pulse of the movement.

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