Beginning this fall, undergraduate students at Princeton University will
be able to major in African American studies. The university’s Center
for African American Studies was formed in 2006 and, in May, was
officially given “academic department status.”
How can we celebrate, in one month, music with roots extending from the
call and response messages of slavery, through the empowerment era of
the civil rights movement, into the mainstream industry of today? But intrepid musicians and industry executives Dyana Williams, Kenny Gamble
and Ed Wright developed the idea to celebrate with a month dedicated to
the impact of black music.
Like many rappers, Jay Z writes songs that have a paranoid streak. He lashes out against conservative cable news anchors, overzealous cops, lazy music critics, and less talented lyricists, all of whom, he insists, are out to get him because he’s famous.