Hip Hop Out of Nothing: A Disenfranchised Community’s Word-Wrought Empowerment

Hip Hop Dream

It's not uncommon to see web, tabloid, and newspaper images of  Jay Z sitting courtside at a Brooklyn Nets game. He's a mogul, a purveyor of "cool," and a world-famous musician; he belongs there, he fits the bill. But the scene is really peculiar within the scope of American history: a black male flaunting his wealth and enjoying the heights of cultural prestige. This image would be unthinkable half a century ago.Why is this would-be peculiarity now the norm for Jay Z, and many other famous b … [Read more...]

When Christians Listen to Rap

I like First Things' "On The Square" blog quite a bit. Even when I disagree with an article there, I still find it well-written, nuanced, and thought-provoking. But then I come across an article like Christopher Walker's "Be Wary What You Listen To" and I just have to shake my head.Walker, a secondary school teacher, asked his students to introduce him to songs that they "deemed worthy of appreciation" (an interesting exercise and one that I think more adults ought to do from time to time). … [Read more...]


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