The 1970s brought about a new and exciting urban art form called hip hop. By the 1980s and 90s, hip hop culture had become infused in black youth culture. Chuck D, of Public Enemy once claimed that rap music was black youth’s CNN. This study places black youth politics within the context of broader U.S. and African American politics, centering the political imaginary of black youth and how they expressed themselves in the area of culture. Black youth expressed and represented their political imaginary in music, film, and clothing on various such issues, such as apartheid, mass incarceration, and police brutality. Even though the civil rights movement awarded some societal privileges to African Americans, it is shown through black youth hip-hop culture that discrimination and violence against black people continued.
Smith, Tori, "Black Culture/Black Politics: Hip Hop Culture and Politics from the 1970s to the early 90s" (2019). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 8452.
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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