August 27, 2004 |
Music mogul Russell Simmons and the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network have been touring the U.S. registering voters, and they recently had their best rally, reportedly signing up more than 111,000 hip-hop fans in Missouri. That sounds impressive. But activation without proper education won't bring the long-term effects needed for the hip-hop generation to become a political force. Young black voters don't watch the news or read newspapers; they spend more time watching BET than CNN.
March 15, 2004 |
DJ Chi bobs his head to the hip-hop rhythm, one hand skipping over the vinyl record, the other on the mixer. Possum, Raydar, Moses and the other deejays in the room listen to his beat. This is a "turntable technique" class at Berklee College of Music, perhaps the first of its kind in the country. DJ Chi is Yoon J. Suh, 21, one of eight students at the prestigious institution who spend two hours every Thursday manipulating old-fashioned records to scratch out "scribbles" and "stabs."
March 3, 2004 |
Norah Jones' "Feels Like Home" is at the top of Billboard's album chart, where it lodged last month after selling more than a million copies in its first week of release, one of the best one-week sales records of all time. For the last few years, the music business has been dogged by sluggish CD sales and preoccupied with the threat of Internet file-sharing.
January 19, 2004 |
It was a press conference called by a high-profile congresswoman, the founder of a magazine once considered "the Bible of hip-hop" and a respected Los Angeles community activist. The goal: to tackle issues of racism in the music industry and to announce a plan "to reclaim ownership of hip-hop for the African American community." On the podium in Beverly Hills on Friday were Rep.
May 2, 2002 |
There was a time, not so long ago, when hip-hop mattered. Artists such as Public Enemy, KRS-One and Disposable Heroes of Hiphopricy created vital music of urban rebellion, brash and lewd but also pointedly insurrectionary. By the late '90s, politically charged hip-hop had receded into a cartoon version of social protest, and the music was co-opted by white suburban America as a soundtrack to nothing in particular.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2002 |
While seniors at many other high schools are slumping into the apathy of "senioritis," Brandon Wicker at California High School in Whittier is tackling research about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Watching his 64-year-old grandmother battle the neurological illness, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, inspired him to take on the topic for his required graduation project.