Book Review: The Culture of Possibility & The Wave

The Culture of Possibility: Art, Artists & the Future by Arlene Goldbard Waterlight Press, 2013, $18.99 The Wave by Arlene Goldbard Waterlight Press, 2013, $14.99 “Culture is the matrix of any humane society, the power-source of the imagination, empathy, creativity,

Schooling Hip-Hop: A Review

As part of my ongoing effort to read everything about hip-hop education, I recently finished Schooling Hip-Hop: Expanding Hip-Hop Based Education Across the Curriculum, edited by Marc Lamont Hill and Emery Petchauer. I’ve read individual chapters before, but this was

From the Crates: Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life

I’ve been catching up on my hip-hop education reading, and just finished Marc Lamont Hill’s award-winning 2009 book Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life. Dr. Hill has become a popular and controversial public intellectual, currently the host of HuffPost Live and

The Organic Globalizer: Hip-Hop, Political Development, and Movement Culture

Edited by Christopher Malone and George Martinez New York: Bloomsbury, 2014. 296 pp. $29.95 (paperback). I am thrilled to announce that today marks the release of the new book, The Organic Globalizer: Hip-Hop, Political Development, and Movement Culture, which includes

Social Networking in the Dark

A new article on anonymous social networking demonstrates the potential and contradictions of resisting online surveillance in a Facebook-ed world. If you’ve heard about the “dark web” on the news, you’ve likely heard mostly about its illegal use: sharing child

Review: A People’s Art History of the United States

By Nicolas Lampert New York: The New Press, 2013. 345 pp. $35.00 (hardcover). The newest in a long line of people’s histories inspired by the work of Howard Zinn, A People’s Art History of the United States by Nicolas Lampert uncovers

Making Waves: A Guide to Cultural Strategy

This post is a review of the report Making Waves: A Guide to Cultural Strategy, from the Culture Group. Fresh off the presses in 2014, we’ve got a new guide for organizers and activists interested in developing cultural strategies for

Book Review: Hip Hop Genius

by Sam Seidel Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2011. 156 pp. $22.95 (hardcover). It’s the ingenuity that led youth in the South Bronx to turn electricity from streetlights and discarded pieces of linoleum into a party. It’s the something-from-nothing

New Book: Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Just last week, Senator Dick Durbin oversaw a congressional hearing on disrupting what many are now calling the “School-to-Prison Pipeline” — a web of systems that are pushing low-income students, students of color, and students with disabilities out of the

Interview with Quanstar: Independent Hip-Hop Artist & Author

You can love or hate me, idolize or despise me greatly you can yell my name at the top of your lungs or talk about ever so faintly but you ain’t me ain’t worn my shoes, walked my path been