What: The Hip Hop Social Justice series presents: Jeff Chang, Radical Historian, Hip-Hop Journalist and Expert on Multiculturalism
When: Thursday, November 4 at 7 p.m.
Where: Soda Activity Center, Saint Mary's College of California, 1298 St. Mary's Rd., Moraga
For additional information contact: Scott Schonfeldt-Aultman, Associate Professor of Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org
About the author: Jeff Chang uses hip-hop to radically remix the last 25 years of America's political and social history. The Chicago Sun Times calls it "the best-argued, most-thoroughly researched case for hip-hop as a complete and truly American culture." But the book is only ostensibly about hip-hop; it's really a people's history.
Chang recently covered the 2008 Presidential election for vibe.com and Vibe magazine, where he wrote both of their cover stories on Barack Obama, one of them a highly regarded and intimate interview. He is currently writing his highly-anticipated third book, Who We Be: The Colorization of America, on the cultural transformation of the U.S. over the last three decades. As editor of Total Chaos, his second book, he highlighted the influence of hip-hop on other artistic mediums. His first book, Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, was a bestseller, won The American Book Award and is now taught in universities around the country.
Jeff Chang grew up in Honolulu, received a Master's in Asian American Studies from UCLA, and was an organizer for the National Hip-Hop Political Convention. Recently, Chang was named a 2008 USA Ford Fellow in Literature by United States Artists, an advocacy program that illuminates the value of artists to society; he is one of only 51 recipients of this very prestigious Fellows program.