March 20 The Resistance: Hip Hop and Black cultural politics 

You will be asked to write short (2 page) papers over the course of the semester that respond to the texts we are dealing with in a given week.  These papers should:

1. Entice the indifferent or hostile reader into the themes and issues under review (i.e. explain why they topics covered by the texts  are important to people who do  not specialize in Black Freedoms)

2. Advance critical inquiry by encouraging, provoking or vexing the reader interested in Black Freedoms into some fresh thinking

3. Place two texts from one week in dialogue with one another. How do they speak differently to a common issue?  What difference does the medium make to how each text communicates it meanings?

Choose any one of the three requirements to write your own reading response.

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