This Tuesday–that’s TOMORROW–I will be talking with Imani Perry, author of the groundbreaking book, Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop, on Talkshoe.com at 7:30 EASTERN STANDARD TIME.
And here’s Imani’s sassy bio below along with the cover of her fabulous book!
Imani Perry is a Professor in the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University. Prior to that, she served as a Professor of Law at Rutgers School of Law in Camden, NJ for 7 years. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in American Civilization and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She received her B.A. from Yale College with a double major in Literature and American Studies. Her scholarship is in the fields African American Studies, Law and Culture, Popular Music, Law and Literature. She is the author of Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop (Duke University Press, 2004), and introduced the latest edition of Narrative of Sojourner Truth (Barnes and Nobles Classics, 2005).
Praise for Prophets of the Hood: Politcs and Poetics in Hip Hop:
“Imani Perry has written the most subtle and nuanced treatment of hip hop that I know. Her complex view of hip hop as black democratic space subject to prophetic utterance and mainstream cooptation is powerful. Her call for the local engagement and global vision of the underground to revitalize hip hop is compelling. Her seminal work should silence all naive or ignorant trashers of this vital cultural form!” Cornel West
“Imani Perry’s Prophets of the Hood is an extraordinary and brilliant book. Eschewing a rigid division between the ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ in hip-hop, she takes the discussion of rap to new depths and greater heights with a probing analysis of the poetic and political dimensions of the art form. With lucid explanations, crisp writing and sharp analysis, Perry has managed to actually say some very important things in a strikingly fresh manner. With the story-telling skills of Nas, the passion of 2Pac, the lyrical dexterity of Lauryn Hill, the verbal mastery of Talib Kweli and the conceptual acuity of KRS-One, Perry has produced a stunning, magnificent work of art.” Michael Eric Dyson
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