The Power of Hip Hop Diplomacy in a Divided World
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Product Number: DD48506
Released: Dec 24, 2019
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ISBN: #9781684575299
Narrator/s: Michael Butler Murray
Publisher: Highbridge Company
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Since 2001, the US Department of State has been sending hip hop artists abroad to perform and teach as goodwill ambassadors. There are good reasons for this: hip hop is known and loved across the globe, acknowledged and appreciated as a product of American culture. Hip hop has from its beginning been a means of creating community through artistic collaboration, fostering what hip hop artists call building. A timely study of US diplomacy, Build: The Power of Hip Hop Diplomacy in a Divided World reveals the power of art to bridge cultural divides, facilitate understanding, and express and heal trauma. Yet power is never single-edged, and the story of hip hop diplomacy is deeply fraught. Drawing from nearly 150 interviews with hip hop artists, diplomats, and others in more than thirty countries, Build explores the inescapable tensions and ambiguities in the relationship between art and the state, revealing the ethical complexities that lurk behind what might seem mere goodwill tours. Author Mark Katz makes the case that hip hop, at its best, can promote positive, productive international relations between people and nations. A US-born art form that has become a voice of struggle and celebration worldwide, hip hop has the power to build global community when it is so desperately needed.


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Product Number:Z100156379
Product Number:DD48506

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Author(s): Mark Katz
Narrator(s): Michael Butler Murray
Product Number Z100156379
Released: Dec 24, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Highbridge Company
ISBN: #9781684575282

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