Brooklyn Historical Society Panel Explores Hip Hop History and Systemic Racism

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    Virtual programming continues with the latest thought-provoking discussion from Brooklyn Historical Society.

    Wes Jackson, founder of the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, joins authors Erik Nielson and Andrea Dennis for an examination of hip hop and rap history and the use of lyrics by the criminal justice system to justify the incarceration of men of color. The authors’ book, “Rap on Trial: Race, Lyrics, and Guilt in America,” interweaves case studies of rappers whose lyrics were used as criminal evidence with a look at the history of hip hop and rap music.

    The conversation takes place via Zoom on Tuesday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m.. It’s free but online registration is required for login information. For more information, check out the event page online.

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