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Holler If You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakurby Michael Eric Dyson
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Acclaimed for his writing on Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as his passionate defense of black youth culture, Michael Eric Dyson is known as the "hip-hop intellectual." With his Blackboard best seller Holler If You Hear Me, Dyson has reached his widest audience to date, bringing to life the hopes and dreams of slain hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur. Viewed by many as a "black James Dean," Tupac has attained cult status since his death six years ago, partly due to the posthumous release of several albums, three movies, and a collection of poetry. But Tupac lives on primarily because of the devotion of his loyal followers. Dyson helps us to understand why a twenty-five-year-old rapper, activist, poet, actor, and alleged sex offender looms even larger in death than he did in life. With his trademark skills of critical thinking and storytelling, Dyson examines the significance of Tupac Shakur for black youth, assessing the ways in which different elements of Shakur's persona-thug, confused prophet, fatherless child-are both vital and destructive. Deeply personal and sharply analytical at the same time, Dyson's book offers a wholly original way of looking at Tupac Shakur that will thrill those who already love the artist and enlighten those who want to understand him.
Book News Annotation:
This is a paperbound reprint of a 2001 book about which Book News wrote: Arguing that the late rapper Tupac Amaru Shakur "is perhaps the representative figure of his generation," Dyson (De Paul U.) analyzes Tupac's life and work and connects them to both the world of hip-hop and the wider world of black youth in America. Drawing on interviews with musicians, relatives, friends, politicians, activists, writers, and others who either knew or studied Tupac, Dyson looks at his early life as the son of a Black Panther revolutionary, his later entrance into the "thug life," his spiritual concerns in his music, his treatment of women, and his politics, all the while drawing connections to wider concerns. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Acclaimed for his writing on Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as his passionate defense of black youth culture, Dyson is known as the "hip-hop intellectual." With his Blackboard best seller Holler If You Hear Me, he has reached his widest audience to date, bringing to life the hopes and dreams of slain hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur. 14 photos.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -285) and index.
About the Author
Michael Eric Dyson, named by Ebony as one of the hundred most influential black Americans, is the author of sixteen books, including Holler if You Hear Me, Is Bill Cosby Right? and I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King Jr. He is currently University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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