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Chuck D of Public Enemy famously called Hip Hop “the Black CNN”. As Hip Hop celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, Laura talks with him, and Bronx native Rosa Clemente, about Hip Hop’s impact on music, dance, art, fashion and media-making, and asks where the Hip Hop revolution stands today. Clemente, an award-winning organizer and scholar-activist, is known for her expertise in Afro-Latinx identity, fighting police violence and hip-hop feminism. Chuck D, the leader and co-founder of the legendary group Public Enemy, is a social activist and digital music pioneer who served as Executive Producer of the BBC series now streaming on PBS, “Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World”. In this episode, they explore the impact of Hip Hop and its role in today’s social justice movements. Plus, a commentary from Laura on unfinished revolutions.
“‘How changed the world?’ That’s the tunnels and the roads that came out of the art form. How it got filled with the content to be able to make somebody think differently is the story of the execution and the elocution of rappers, DJs, break dancers, graffiti artists and activists.” – Chuck D
“Women continue to be erased, trans people continue , LGBTQ people continue to be erased . . . Hip hop is critiqued solely as the place where these things happen. No, they’re happening from the White House all over the world.” – Rosa Clemente
- Rosa Clemente: Independent Journalist & 2008 Green Party VP Candidate
- Chuck D: Hip Hop Pioneer, Activist & Co-Founder, Public Enemy
Portions of this interview are featured in our episode, “Chuck D & Rosa Clemente: Hip Hop’s Unfinished Revolution.”