John McWhorter
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The Politics Inside Black Pop
11 Dec 2008 // 3:00 PM

Will black pop artists still see themselves as outsiders now that a black person is President? Will they use their cultural platform to criticize him if need be, just as they did to help elect him?

Electoral Relaxation: The Myth of the Hip-Hop Achilles Heel
2 Nov 2008 // 4:00 PM

Either Obama's "hip-hop candidacy" makes him appeal to a heretofore disaffected and/or untapped voting bloc, thereby legitimizing his claim as a candidate of hope and change; or this unwelcome connection to a controversial art is a liability.

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