She Begat This: 20 Years of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

She begat this is both an indelible portrait of a magical moment when a young, and determined singer-rapper-songwriter made music history and a crucial work of scholarship, fierce, perfect for longtime hip-hop fans and a new generation of fans just discovering this album. An npr 2018 great read celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the acclaimed and influential debut album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill with this eye-opening and moving exploration of Lauryn Hill and her remarkable artistic legacy.

Released in 1998, lauryn hill’s first solo album is often cited by music critics as one of the most important recordings in modern history. Award-winning feminist author and journalist Joan Morgan delivers an expansive, in-depth, and heartfelt analysis of the album and its enduring place in pop culture.

Artists from beyoncé to nicki minaj to janelle monáe have claimed it as an inspiration, and it was recently included in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress, as well as named the second greatest album by a woman in history by NPR right behind Joni Mitchell’s Blue.

When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip-Hop Feminist Breaks It Down

Morgan has given an entire generation of black feminists space and language to center their pleasures alongside their politics. Janet mock, and, to steal my favorite joan morgan phrase, raises the bar high by getting down low, Chickenheads informs and educates, New York Times bestselling author of Redefining Realness “All that and then some, confronts and charms, bounced me out of the room.

Marlon james, man booker prize–winning author of a brief history of seven Killings Still fresh, and irreverent after eighteen years, When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost gives voice to the most intimate thoughts of the post-Civil Rights, post-feminist, funny, post-soul generation. Joan morgan offers a provocative and powerful look into the life of the modern black woman: a complex world in which feminists often have not-so-clandestine affairs with the most sexist of men, where women who treasure their independence frequently prefer men who pick up the tab, and where black women are forced to make sense of a world where truth is no longer black and white but subtle, where the deluge of babymothers and babyfathers reminds black women who long for marriage that traditional nuclear families are a reality for less than forty percent of the population, intriguing shades of gray.


Check It While I Wreck It: Black Womanhood, Hip-hop Culture, and the Public Sphere

She discusses the ways in which today's young black women struggle against the stereotypical language of the past "castrating black mother, and shows how rap provides an avenue to tell their own life stories, " "chickenhead", " "ho, " "mammy, to construct their identities, " "sapphire" and the present "bitch, and to dismantle historical and contemporary negative representations of black womanhood.

Hip-hop culture began in the early 1970s as the creative and activist expressions -- graffiti writing, break dancing, and the movement has since grown into a worldwide cultural phenomenon that permeates almost every aspect of society, dee-jaying, and rap music -- of black and Latino youth in the depressed South Bronx, from speech to dress.

Examining a wide range of genres, and hip-hop soul music, including rap music, hip-hop cinema, spoken word poetry, novels, she traces the rhetoric of black women "bringing wreck. Pough demonstrates how influential women rappers such as queen latifah, Missy Elliot, and Lil' Kim are building on the legacy of earlier generations of women -- from Sojourner Truth to sisters of the black power and civil rights movements -- to disrupt and break into the dominant patriarchal public sphere.

. But although hip-hop has been assimilated and exploited in the mainstream, young black women who came of age during the hip-hop era are still fighting for equality. In this provocative study, Gwendolyn D. The author concludes with a discussion of the pedagogical implications of rap music as well as of third wave and black feminism.

This fresh and thought-provoking perspective on the complexities of hip-hop urges young black women to harness the energy, vitality, and activist roots of hip-hop culture and rap music to claim a public voice for themselves and to "bring wreck" on sexism and misogyny in mainstream society.

The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop--and Why It Matters

What rose calls for is not a sanitized vision of the form, but one that more accurately reflects a much richer space of culture, and yes, sex, anger, politics, than the current ubiquitous images in sound and video currently provide. Or does it? in the hip-hop wars, rose explores the most crucial issues underlying the polarized claims on each side of the debate: Does hip hop cause violence, or merely reflect a violent ghetto culture? Is hip hop sexist, or are its detractors simply anti-sex? Does the portrayal of black culture in hip hop undermine black advancement?A potent exploration of a divisive and important subject, The Hip Hop Wars concludes with a call for the regalvanization of the progressive and creative heart of hip hop.

How hip hop shapes our conversations about race--and how race influences our consideration of hip hop Hip hop is a distinctive form of black art in America-from Tupac to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Kendrick Lamar, hip hop has long given voice to the African American experience. But hip hop is in crisis.

As scholar and cultural critic tricia Rose argues, hip hop, in fact, has become one of the primary ways we talk about race in the United States. For years, pimps, thugs, the most commercially successful hip hop has become increasingly saturated with caricatures of black gangstas, and hos. This both represents and feeds a problem in black American culture.


Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry

In 2018, hansberry will get the recognition she deserves with the PBS American Masters documentary “Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart” and Imani Perry’s multi-dimensional, illuminating biography, Looking for Lorraine. After the success of a raisin in the sun, hansberry used her prominence in myriad ways: challenging President Kennedy and his brother to take bolder stances on Civil Rights, supporting African anti-colonial leaders, and confronting the romantic racism of the Beat poets and Village hipsters.

Hansberry associated with many activists, including Malcolm X, Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, and musicians, Paul Robeson, writers, W. E. B. Though she married a man, she identified as lesbian and, risking censure and the prospect of being outed, joined one of the nation’s first lesbian organizations.

Winner of the 2019 pen/jacqueline bograd weld award for biographywinner of the lambda literary award for lgbtq nonfictionWinner of the Shilts-Grahn Triangle Award for Lesbian NonfictionWinner of the 2019 Phi Beta Kappa Christian Gauss AwardA New York Times Notable Book of 2018A revealing portrait of one of the most gifted and charismatic, yet least understood, Black artists and intellectuals of the twentieth century.

Lorraine hansberry, who died at thirty-four, was by all accounts a force of nature. While her close friends and contemporaries, like James Baldwin and Nina Simone, have been rightly celebrated, her story has been diminished and relegated to one work—until now. Although best-known for her work a raisin in the sun, and she had an unflinching commitment to social justice, her short life was full of extraordinary experiences and achievements, which brought her under FBI surveillance when she was barely in her twenties.

Looking for lorraine is a powerful insight into Hansberry’s extraordinary life—a life that was tragically cut far too short.

Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest American Music

The result is as ambitious and genre-bending as the rap group itself. Abdurraqib traces the tribe's creative career, through their first three classic albums, from their early days as part of the Afrocentric rap collective known as the Native Tongues, to their eventual breakup and long hiatus. Throughout the narrative Abdurraqib connects the music and cultural history to their street-level impact.

. Club, cbc books, and The Rumpus. A new york times best sellera february indienext PickNamed A Most Anticipated Book of 2019 by Buzzfeed, Nylon, The A. Whether he’s remembering the source magazine cover announcing the tribe’s 1998 breakup or writing personal letters to the group after bandmate Phife Dawg’s death, Abdurraqib seeks the deeper truths of A Tribe Called Quest; truths that—like the low end, the bass—are not simply heard in the head, but felt in the chest.

. Seventeen years after their last album, they resurrected themselves with an intense, socially conscious record, We Got It from Here . And a winter's most anticipated book by Vanity Fair and The WeekStarred Reviews: Kirkus and Booklist"Warm, immediate and intensely personal. New york timeshow does one pay homage to a tribe called Quest? The seminal rap group brought jazz into the genre, resurrecting timeless rhythms to create masterpieces such as The Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders.

Poet and essayist hanif abdurraqib digs into the group’s history and draws from his own experience to reflect on how its distinctive sound resonated among fans like himself. Thank you 4 your service, which arrived when fans needed it most, in the aftermath of the 2016 election.

The Crunk Feminist Collection

And the writers' personal identities—as black women; as sisters, sports fans, daughters, and lovers; and as television watchers, and music lovers—are never far from the discussion at hand. These essays explore "sex and power in the black church, " list "five ways talib Kweli Can Become a Better Ally to Women in Hip Hop, " discuss how "Clair Huxtable is Dead, " and dwell on "Dating with a Doctorate She Got a Big Ego?

Self-described as "critical homegirls, misogyny, " the authors tackle life stuck between loving hip hop and ratchet culture while hating patriarchy, and sexism. Brittney cooper is an assistant professor at Rutgers University. Boylorn is assistant professor at the University of Alabama. Morris received her Ph.

D. In addition to a weekly column in Salon. Com, the washington post, her words have appeared in the New York Times, Cosmo. Com, and many others. In 2013 and 2014, she was named to the Root. Com's root 100, an annual list of Top Black Influencers. Susana M.

Björk's Homogenic 33 1/3

The album that made all this possible, though is 1997's Homogenic, a turning point in Björk's career and still among her finest musical achievements. It created, a new björk, as the Alexander McQueen designed sleeve clearly asserted, one who would never stop hunting. With the release of her conceptual app-album biophilia in 2011, Vulnicura, and a huge retrospective exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art coinciding with her most recent album, in 2015, her status as artpop auteur has been secured.

Produced under great strain, to something darker, stronger and braver, stuttering beats, it moves beyond the stylistic magpie rush of Debut and the urbanophile future-pop of Post, sharp, full of dramatic assertions of independence, rich strings and raw outbursts of noise. In recent years, björk's artistry has become ever more ambitious and ever more respected.


The New Analog: Listening and Reconnecting in a Digital World

This is not a book about why vinyl sounds better; it’s way more interesting than that .  .  . It is full of things I didn’t know, like why people yell into cellphones .  .  . And as an artist who has weathered that transition, he has challenging, urgent questions for both creators and consumers about what we have thrown away in the process: Are our devices leaving us lost in our own headspace even as they pinpoint our location? Does the long reach of digital communication come at the sacrifice of our ability to gauge social distance? Does streaming media discourage us from listening closely? Are we hearing each other fully in this new environment?   Rather than simply rejecting the digital disruption of cultural life, Krukowski uses the sound engineer’s distinction of signal and noise to reexamine what we have lost as a technological culture, looking carefully at what was valuable in the analog realm so we can hold on to it.

Ultimately, it’s about how we consume sound as a society—which is, increasingly, on an individual basis. Npr   “if you’re a devoted music fan who’s dubious about both rosy nostalgia and futuristic utopianism, Damon Krukowski’s The New Analog is for you. The new york Times Book Review. Taking a set of experiences from the production and consumption of music that have changed since the analog era—the disorientation of headphones, loudness of mastering, and manipulation of time—as a basis for a broader exploration of contemporary culture, silence of media, flattening of the voice, Krukowski gives us a brilliant meditation and guide to keeping our heads amid the digital flux.

Think of it as plugging in without tuning out. An npr best book of the year: “A pointedly passionate look at what’s been lost in the digital era.

The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop

There has never been a better book about hip-hop…a record-biz portrait that jumps off the page. A. V. Read the secret histories of the early long-shot successes of sugar hill Records and Grandmaster Flash, the marketing of gangsta rap, Run DMC's crossover breakthrough on MTV, and the rise of artist/ entrepreneurs like Jay-Z and Sean “Diddy” Combs.

300 industry giants like def jam founders rick rubin and russell simmons gave their stories to renowned hip-hop journalist Dan Charnas, who provides a compelling, myth-debunking view into the victories, never-before-seen, corporate clashes, defeats, and street battles along the 40-year road to hip-hop's dominance.

Includes photographs. On this four-decade-long journey from the studios where the first rap records were made to the boardrooms where the big deals were inked, The Big Payback tallies the list of who lost and who won. Clubthe inspiration for the vh1 series the breaksthe big payback takes readers from the first $15 made by a “rapping DJ” in 1970s New York to the multi-million-dollar sales of the Phat Farm and Roc-a-Wear clothing companies in 2004 and 2007.


Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements

This book provides a vision for how social justice movements can become sharper and more effective through principled struggle, healing justice, and leadership development. A manifesto from one of america's most influential activists which disrupts political, economic, and social norms by reimagining the Black Radical Tradition.

Drawing on black intellectual and grassroots organizing traditions, and LGBTQ rights and feminist movements, including the Haitian Revolution, the US civil rights movement, more queer, Unapologetic challenges all of us engaged in the social justice struggle to make the movement for Black liberation more radical, and more feminist.

It also offers a flexible model of what deeply effective organizing can be, which features long-term commitment, cultural sensitivity, anchored in the Chicago model of activism, creative strategizing, and multiple cross-group alliances. And unapologetic provides a clear framework for activists committed to building transformative power, encouraging young people to see themselves as visionaries and leaders.