The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back
From youth violence, to the impact of high stakes educational testing, to editorial hand wringing over the moral failures of hip-hop culture, young people of color are often portrayed as gang affiliated, “troubled,” and, ultimately, dangerous. A new book, The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back, examines how youth activism has emerged to address the persistent inequalities that affect urban youth of color. Join author Andreana Clay (Associate Professor at SF State), local youth activists, and artist Melanie Cervantes (Dignidad Rebelde) for a discussion on youth efforts to integrate history, popular culture, hip-hop, spoken word, and their experiences in the contemporary urban landscape to mobilize their peers. The event celebrates the release of Clay's new book, based on two years of fieldwork with youth organizations in Oakland, California.