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The Haunting of Hip Hop

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Publisher Comments:

Bertice Berry follows her finely pitched Blackboard bestselling debut novel, Redemption Song, with a mesmerizing cautionary tale about urban hip hop culture.

In ancient West Africa, the drum was more than a musical instrument, it was a vehicle of communication-it conveyed information, told stories, and passed on the wisdom of generations. The magic of the drum remains alive in Africa today, and with her magnificent second novel, Berry brings those powerful beats to the streets of Harlem.

Harry "Freedom" Hudson is the hottest hip-hop producer in New York City, earning unbelievable fees for his tunes and the innovative sound that puts his artists on the top of the charts. Harry is used to getting what he wants, so when he's irresistibly drawn to a house in Harlem, he assumes he'll be moving in as soon as the papers can be drawn up. The house, after all, has been abandoned for years. Or has it?

Rumors are rife in the neighborhood that the house is haunted; that mysterious music, shouts, and sobbing can be heard late at night. Ava, Harry's strong-willed, no-nonsense agent, dismisses it all as "old folks" tales-until she opens the door and finds an eerie, silent group of black people, young and old, all gathered around a man holding an ancient African drum. They are waiting for Harry and bear a warning that touches his very soul: "We gave the drum back to your generation in the form of rap, but it's being used to send the wrong message."

The Haunting of Hip Hop is a reminder of the importance of honoring the past as a means of moving safely and firmly into the future. It is sure to raise eyebrows and stir up controversy about the impact, good and bad, of rap culture.

About the Author

Bertice Berry is the author of the novel Redemption Song and four works of nonfiction. An inspirational speaker, doctor of sociology, and former stand-up comedian, she lives in southern California, where she is raising her sister's three children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385498456
Subtitle:
(a novel )
Author:
Berry, Bertice
Publisher:
Doubleday Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
Haunted houses
Subject:
Ghost stories
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Drum
Subject:
Hip-hop
Subject:
Sound recording executives and producers
Subject:
Musical fiction.
Subject:
Harlem
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
[10]
Publication Date:
c2001
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
210 p.
Dimensions:
8.57x5.81x.84 in. .77 lbs.

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