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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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Put Here to Be Much More Than That: The Rise and Fall of Kwame Kilpatrick

Put Here to Be Much More Than That: The Rise and Fall of Kwame Kilpatrick

(p.131) 4 Put Here to Be Much More Than That: The Rise and Fall of Kwame Kilpatrick
Stare in the Darkness

Lester K. Spence

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter tackles the issues of Black Power, urban politics, and representation, and their significance to hip-hop and black political practice. Preston, Henderson, and Puryear (1987), in their book The New Black Politics, argue that the growing election of black mayors and representatives in cities across America would lead to new opportunities for black citizens to reorganize their communities. The chapter recounts Kwame Kilpatrick’s political career in explaining how a new type of black elected official is being called for, with some arguing that hip-hop will provide this new type of official. Kilpatrick was viewed as being able to combine Coleman Young’s stylistic black working-class affinities and Dennis Archer Sr.’s modern expertise; he became an example of black post-civil rights manhood.

Keywords:   Black Power, urban politics, representation, The New Black Politics, Kwame Kilpatrick, Coleman Young, Dennis Archer Sr.

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