Even though it took time and intervention for hip-hop to expand beyond the South Bronx, that may have been for the better in the long run.
23 Oct 2017
David Peterson del Mar explores a creation myth for a nation of black people still searching for personal and collective terra firma.
07 Aug 2017
Where Chance the Rapper injects spirituality into hip-hop, Muslim Cool injects hip-hop into spirituality.
26 Feb 2017
Charles Mingus and Kanye West represent an extreme form of the complicated-and-proud-of-it black man, within a society that prefers its black men as uncomplicated and untroubling as possible.
24 Apr 2016
Black music's spiritual aspect may be a given, but two new books, A City Called Heaven and Spirits Rejoice! go deep into explaining how that actually happens.
30 Aug 2015
To say that Billie Holiday's songs remain memorable because we know she lived a hard life does her artistry a most insulting disservice.
12 May 2015
Jeff Chang's cultural history tackles how race has played out across the last 50 years, and counting, of American culture.
01 Mar 2015
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