When: Mon., Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m. 2014
Jeff Chang’s first book, 2005’s Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, has left an indelible mark on the way that hip-hop is academically regarded and the politics from which the genre emerged are understood. The book chronicled the emergence of hip-hop culture from its roots in the Bronx and Kingston, Jamaica, to the ways in which it transformed American politics and pop culture. Now, the UC Berkeley alum is following it up with Who We Be: The Colorization of America, which looks at race in American culture. By looking at examples that include comic strips and corporate marketing campaigns, Chang debunks the myth of a multicultural, post-racial America and takes a close look at the ways in which race functions in the US today. As he has with past publications, Chang manages to do all of this in an accessible and engaging style, filling the pages with testimonials and relatable critique. Chang will be at the First Congregational Church of Oakland (2501 Harrison St.) on Monday to sign and discuss his book.