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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Thursday To-Do: Bakari Kitwana

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BAKARI KITWANA
6 p.m., UALR, Donaghey Student Center, rooms A, B and C. Free.

Bakari Kitwana doesn't flinch in the face of controversy. An activist and former editor at the Source, Kitwana has published three books, the most recent of which, “The Hip-Hop Generation,” investigates the lives of African-Americans born between 1965 and 1984. Overwhelmed with more pop cultural access, this hip-hop generation, Kitwana contends, uses culture only to “strengthen associations between blackness and poverty, while celebrating anti-intellectualism, ignorance, irresponsible parenthood, and criminal lifestyles” and enjoying “a free pass from black leaders” and “non-black critics who … fear being attacked as racist.” Kitwana's presentation is called “The Generation Gap: Building between Civil Rights and Hip Hop.”

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