A debate featuring two prominent social commentators on American hip hop culture: Bakari Kitwana, former editor of The Source, and Thomas C. Williams, author of Losing My Cool: How a Father’s Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-Hop Culture. The discussion will examine the origins of the music and its cultural influence. What are the sociopolitical forces that led to its creation and transformation from an inner-city underground movem…ent to a mainstream pop phenomenon? Does hip-hop’s popularity reflect subjugation or empowerment? Are hip-hop and feminism compatible? Has its message swayed from its political roots? Moreover, where is hip-hop going now and should we still listen? Kitwana and Williams will spur reflection on the 21st century’s version of rock and roll, challenging listeners to question the culture they embrace.
Tuesday, February 15 · 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Edmunds Ballroom, Pomona College