African American Quotations

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1725. White kids wanted to be black, black kids wanted to be like those in the video. MTV executives said, "Let's kill rap and hip hop, it's bringing people together."

Chuck D. Rap artist

1726. 2 Live Crew is engaged in heavy-handed parody, turning the stereo- types of black and white American culture on their heads. These young artists are acting out, to lively dance music, a parodic exaggeration of the age-old stereotypes of the oversexed black female and male.

Henry Louis Gates Jr., 1950- Scholar and Critic

1727. Rap is the most positive thing for black kids because it gives information and talks about society, about black history.

Ice Cube ( O'Shea Jackson), 1969- Rap artist

1728. Before you can understand what I mean, you have to know how I lived or how the people I'm talking to live.

Tupac Shakur, 1971-1996 Rap artist

1729. Black rap music recovers and revises elements of black rhetorical style, some from black preaching and black rhythmic drumming.

Cornel West, 1954- Philosopher and Activist


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