Has Hip Hop Displaced the Civil Rights Movement?

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As far back as the 1980-s, Public Enemy-s Chuck D called rap music -the CNN of the ghetto.- Now, students of hip-hop culture say it-s not all sex and violence, but also a forum for protest and politics. Though gangsterism and -bling-bling- materialism are staples of hip hop, so are messages about poverty, police brutality and educational opportunity. Barbershop, with derisive jokes about Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that outraged civil rights veterans Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, was a big screen hit, with a predominantly black cast that appealed to a generation of Americans who think of the 1960-s as ancient history. We look at Dr. King-s legacy and the socio-political power of hip hop with sociologist Todd Boyd, civil rights attorney Connie Rice, and civil rights veterans James Orange and Joe Hicks.
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