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The Circle: POLITICS

Back Off!: How to Read the Press- It’s the Media!

Back Off.jpgThe national election date is Tuesday November 6 and things are getting heated!  Will you vote?  Do you even think your vote counts? Don't just sit there!

Hiphop Sounds Off: Health Care & Taxes

n 2008, when Barack Obama emerged as the Democratic frontrunner, he was hailed as the "Hip Hop President" and endearingly named "B-Rock" by the hip-hop community. An outpouring of support from artists including Nas, Jay-Z, Ludacris, Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, will.i.am, Three 6 Mafia and Young Jeezy showed the hip-hop community working in a collaborative effort towards getting the first black "hip hop" president elected.

Back Off! - "Caution - Women Standing Strong"

Back Off.jpgWomen's History month is the perfect time to reflect on the fact that many women unapologetically support both Hiphop and feminism. When I teach college courses on language use and identity, I ask all of my students to write the words they hear and use to describe women in their communities and on their campus.

Back Off! - Occupy Hiphop: “Be Inspired”

Back Off_0.jpgThis is the final column of the year and it has been a notable year for Hiphop.  Hiphop has been a presence in nearly every major event in the world. Cutting edge scholarship, educational initiatives, social justice activities and artistic events have rocked the nation and planet.

Back Off - "When the Power of Words Causes Us to Move"

Back Off.jpgKnowledge is to Hiphop what freedom is to humankind.  We covet knowledge and are passionate about it.  We not only want knowledge, but we want more of it - all the time.  We test it, claim that we have it, argue about it, show off our knowledge... (read more)

The Universal Zulu Nation Celebrates 37 Years

UZN.jpgThe story of Afrika Bambaataa's founding of the UZN, explains Hiphop's genesis in past social movements as well as its influence on new social movements.

Book Review - Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics

democracy remixed.jpgIn the recently published Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics (2010), University of Chicago scholar Cathy Cohen proclaims the 44th President of the United States the "Lecturer-in-chief to Hiphop America."

Grading Obama

Grading Obama.jpgThe Daily Show clip, Grading Obama, questions if electing President Obama has taken the novelty out of stereotypical "black" humor. 

Obama Motivates Hiphop Heavyweights

Young_Jeezy_-_My_President.pngPresident Barack Obama has inspired a number of popular hiphop artists. Checkout these Obama themed songs and videos, and tell us what you think.

It's A New Day for Will.I.Am and the Nation

It_s_A_New_Day_-_will.i.am_-_Dipdive.com.jpgBarack Obama's election victory has kept the creative juices flowing for many artists around the world. "It's A New Day" is one of the latest creative offerings that sings the sentiments of this years election.

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