On Wednesday, June 4th John McWhorter, Manhattan Institute senior fellow, noted linguist, and author of the New York Times bestseller Losing the Race joined YLC to discuss his newest book, All About the Beat: Why Hip-Hop Can't Save Black America—in which McWhorter praises the musical artistry of hip-hop, but takes issue with its political content and activist message. McWhorter points beyond the empty gestures of the "hip-hop revolution" to a brave new politics for Black America, calling for a renewed sense of purpose and pride in black communities.
One of the most outspoken voices in America's cultural dialogues, John McWhorter can always be counted on to provide provocative viewpoints steeped in scholarly savvy. The Young Leaders forum was two weeks before the publication date—so we were treated to an advanced discussion. Some media that followed: 'Conscious' Hiphop Fallacy John McWhorter, New York Sun, 06-12-08; Economist interview.