Hip Hop Turns 30 Panel
The Devolution of Hip Hop: Hip Hop Turns 30
Date: Saturday, June 23
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Location: Harlem Hospital Auditorium
Moderator: Mark Anthony Neal (New Black Man)
Panelists: Nelson George (Post-Soul Nation; Hip Hop America; Accidental Hunter); Greg Tate (Everything But the Burden: What White People Are Taking from Black Culture, ed.); Danyel Smith (Bliss); Bakari Kitwana (Why White Kids Love Hip Hop), Gwendolyn B. Pough (Check It Before I Wreck It)
Ralph Ellison only hoped we'd translate black vernacular in such a way as to gain entry into the hallowed house of art. How could he know that Ralph Lauren would one day broker that vernacular's marketing prowess into a worldwide licensing deal for bed sheets writ large with Jay-Z's John Hancock? Where Hip Hop was once a buyer's market in which the audience decided what was street legit, it has now become a seller's market, in which what gets sold as hip hop is whatever the boardroom approves. This panel explores the life and breath of Hip Hop.
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