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November 6, 2003

BCC book discussion focuses on hip-hop generation

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Black Cultural Center library at Purdue University is sponsoring a discussion on Bakari Kitwana's latest book, "The Hip Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African-American Culture."

The two nights of discussion, led by Quentel Howard, will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday (11/13 and 11/14) in the Black Cultural Center library. Howard, of South Bend, Ind., is a graduating senior majoring in political science with a concentration in law and society. The discussions are free and open to the public.

Kitwana also wrote "The Rap on Gangsta Rap" and several other books. He was for several years the editor for "The Source," a magazine on hip-hop music and culture. His writing has also appeared in numerous publications, including "The Village Voice," "The Chicago Tribune," "Newsday" and "The Progressive" magazine.

In "The Hip Hop Generation," Kitwana provides a cultural critique of his generation and challenges youth to develop social responsibility. Kitwana touches on an array of issues. including the commercial success of hip-hop music and how it relates to political power, activism and the war of the sexes.

Copies of "The Hip Hop Generation" are available for checkout in the Black Cultural Center library. For more information, contact Dorothy Washington, Black Cultural Center librarian, at (765) 494-3093 or visit Black Cultural Center library web site.

Writer: Reni Winter, (765) 496-3133,

Source: Dorothy Washington, (765) 494-3093,

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Related Web site:
Purdue University Black Cultural Center home page

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