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Stare in the DarknessThe Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics$
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Lester K. Spence

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816669875

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816669875.001.0001

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Follow the Leader: Hip-hop Activism and theCirculation of Black Politics

Follow the Leader: Hip-hop Activism and theCirculation of Black Politics

(p.95) 3 Follow the Leader: Hip-hop Activism and theCirculation of Black Politics
Stare in the Darkness

Lester K. Spence

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter deals with the circulation of hip-hop politics in relation to concepts about institutionalization, while tackling the question of how ideas about hip-hop and the post-civil rights generation’s politics were interpreted as the attempts of politically mobilizing citizens. It presents an analysis of political development using Jim Crow-era black politics in order to show the major types of black political organization. The Hip-hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) and National Hip-hop Political Convention (NHHPC) are two of the most visible attempts of hip-hop political organizing that reveal two distinct yet similar paths to institutionalizing hip-hop politics. The chapter then explains the implications for the institutionalization of black politics.

Keywords:   hip-hop politics, institutionalization, post-civil rights generation, Jim Crow, Hip-hop Summit Action Network, National Hip-hop Political Convention, black political organizations

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