Hey Fam. You gotta drop whatever you’re doing and come celebrate Jeff Chang‘s new book Who Who Be: The Colorization of America.
The author of Can’t Stop: Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, Jeff now presents a recent cultural history of American race in Who We Be. We’re talking the Obama Hope poster, the invention of multiculturalism, Faith Ringgold, Colors magazine, Ishmael Reed, the Southern Strategy, Glenn Ligon, Basement Workshop, the Dreamers and Arizona’s war on immigrants, corporate marketing, and Trayvon Martin.
Jay Smooth (ill doctrine and WBAI’s Underground Railroad) talks about the rise of hip hop. National Book Award finalist Jessica Hagedorn (Dogeaters, Toxicology) revisits the early days of polycultural bohemia. Historian Vijay Prashad (The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World) dissects the failures of multiculturalism. Conceptual photo-artist Hank Willis Thomas (Pitch Blackness, MOMA, Guggenheim) talks about the broadening of the post-multicultural image. CultureStrike‘s Sonia Guiñansaca talks about Undocumenting, the first program to nurture undocumented writers, who’ll be published in the upcoming anthology Home in Time of Displacement. The New Inquiry Editor-in-Chief Ayesha Siddiqi provokes.
The kick-off for the Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s Counterculturalists series.
Visit Counterculturalists for the whole series.