Up from Hip-Hop
On screen and stage, being “really black” no longer requires a pose of victimhood and rage.
About the Author
John H. McWhorter is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and the author of The Power of Babel, Authentically Black, and, most recently, Doing Our Own Thing: The Degradation of Language and Music and Why We Should, Like, Care (Gotham). His “Up From Hip-Hop” appeared in the March 2003 COMMENTARY.