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Ask r investigate what RaShawn s life circumstances were like Yes, You Can!: 1,200 Inspiring Ideas for Work, Home, and Happiness outsidef his hip hop posing Perhaps poverty abuse at home etc determined both RaShawn s embrace f hip hop AND his ultimate fate rather than hip hop being the culprit Williams seems unable to grant people like RaShawn the same fullness f humanity that he reserves for himself in this memoir I first heard f Thomas Chatterton Williams book Losing My Cool n a public radio program To the Best Wolverine: The Long Night ofur Knowledge I was a bit disturbed by Williams thesis that hip hop culture is the source Black Leopard, Red Wolf of serious problems in the US black community especially because he played down racism as anngoing problem I was disturbed by the fact that the white host appeared to lap up Williams ideasI am a white Jew and as such I think it s my responsibility to denounce racism like it is the responsibility Short Eyes: A Play of all caring people If anything white people have a greater responsibility to fight racism because the privilegef ur skin means ther white people who are after all the beneficiaries and arbiters The Public Hating: A Collection of Short Stories of racism are generally likely to listen to us Thus I feel moved to respond to Williams whose book I fearnly plays to white people s tendency to believe racist argumentsHis book is a memoir recounting his experience growing up in what he calls hip hop culture reflecting Soeur Angèle ou le feu sacré de la joie on his relationship with his father who is an intense book reader and collector and describing his eventual changes in values and priorities and understandings as he moved away from hip hop culture He describes how his peers even from a young age rejected books as uncool while idolizing famous rappers and lusting for material possessions and concentratingn even bsessing about clothes and jewelry In high school he describes a misogynist superficial atmosphere where boys and girls used each ther for sexual and material favors as a matter f course where he felt compelled to hit his girlfriend when confronted with evidence f her affair and later to fight the Dirty Dozen 2 (12 Taboo XXX Tales) other man inrder to save faceThese personal experiences are no doubt valid but the conclusions Williams draws are not What he is ignoring is that these are not symptoms f black culture in particular but rather f the broader culture f this country We don t have to look far to find widely respected white people who promote sexism and the treatment f women as just bitches Eminem comes to mind if we restrict urselves to hip hop We could broaden just to include rock and roll and spend years listing bands with white members who have treated women as less than human in lyrics and their personal lives We might look at ther forms f media controlled by whites generally and find America s Top Model s constant humiliation f young women r the constant pressure to have a perfect body where perfect is defined by the media controlled by whites Of course the far uglier side f the problem is the millions Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy of white men who commit rape and abuser murder their wives and girlfriendsMaterialism similarly is symptomatic Greetings! of the broader culture The PR industry spends hundredsf billions f dollars every year to bombard us incessantly with advertising exhorting us to buy anything and everything enticing us with promises f sex love happiness coolness family affection whatever will make another sale Williams would be hard pressed to explain how suburban whites who accumulate multiple cars large homes tons Tribeca of plastic toys and hair driers not to mention clothes and furniture are not every bit as materialistic as the black people he describes If Williams childhood atmosphere exuded materialism what must it have been like for the white person he dubbed Playboy who grew up with servants multiple homes around the world and complained about the food at the fancy restaurants he ate at every nightAnti school and anti intellectual attitudes are also common among white people Dismissing the smart kids is an ageld tradition we have a whole vocabulary nerd geek einstein to insult and marginalize the kids who want to do well in school Further According to Tim Wise who cites the National Center for Education Statistics there is no evidence that black kids in general are less academically inclined than white students 43 percent Grey's Lady of black fourth graders done hour Blue Streak orf homework per night as do 45 percent The Asketikon of St Basil the Great of whites and 47 percentf Hispanics In fact black and Hispanic fourth graders are both likely than whites that age to do than ne hour f homework with 18 percent f Hispanics 17 percent f blacks but Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time only 15 percentf whites putting in this amount Thoroughly Disarmed of study time daily He also cites statistics showing thatn average black parents actually spend time helping their children with homework than white parentsI agree with Williams that these are horrific and destructive values However to pin them n hip hop culture without acknowledging their prevalence in the broader culture allows some people to blame the ills f racism n black culture Williams at many times implies that systematic discrimination came to an end with Jim Crow although he never says so explicitly The problem is that the gaping reality f disparity between blacks and whites demands an explanation Black people have higher rates f unemployment are far likely to be imprisoned die sooner have HIGHER LEVELS OF STRESS HAVE LOWER LEVELS OF EDUCATION levels f stress have lower levels Melody's Key of education many manyther problems that are simply worse for black than white This reality lurks in the background f the book and unfortunately Williams makes it all to easy to blame hip hop culture To do so is racist unless we are willing to blame sexism and materialism among whites n Eminem culture A Chance Acquaintance or AC DC culture It s not fair to blame black culture for black problems unless we do the same for whites Also it is ignorantf the facts to claim that black people are materialist sexist anti intellectual than whites Though I m not sure that Williams blames an amorphous black culture for the problems he describes it s easy to fall into that trap as many people who argue similarly do This is racist because there is no universal black culture Black people are diverse and varied some valuing school thers dissing it some valuing women thers dissing them some valuing material goods excessively thers not This is ne way to be racist treating people not as individuals but as indistinguishable members The Wallflower's Revenge of a groupWiliams atne point espouses penly racist views He explains his choice Of Shirts And Sweaters And Trousers Or shirts and sweaters and trousers r that fit War to the Knife: Bleeding Kansas, 1854-1861 over sagging jeansr basketball shorts because he wanted to look like a man and not a kid that he no longer wanted to look like he was about to stick up a 7 eleven This is not fair Most people who sag their jeans are law abiding citizens who never stick up a 7 eleven and Williams knows this It s not right to say that peop. R years he managed to juggle two disparate lifestyles keeping it real in his friends' eyes and studying for the SATs under his father's strict tutelage until it all threatened to spin Leaving Mother Lake: A Girlhood at the Edge of the World outf control Written with remarkable candor and em. An engaging but very frustrating read I found it very upsetting how ne sided the author is about a subculture that contains so many different elements both positive negative He has a very narrow view f hip hop While it is an interesting read I really HATE the premise message The author s racial politics taint every account he gives I m not sure he can claim to be a voice for most black men since his experience f seeking to mimick and be accepted as black are tied to his biracial heritage This is reinforced by his continous stereotyping He euates black culture and black people to hip hop which is really ver simplistic racistAs a teaching tool about development I feel it still has some value because it does speak to many is Losing My Cool is a profound reflection Introductory Algebra: Models Concepts Skills onne Marriage After God: Chasing Boldly After God’s Purpose for Your Life Together of the prevalent cultures within the US While I find it somewhat bemusing that any individual could be so bold as to critiue any nonfiction writer who is willing toffer up their wn intimate and precious life experiences for a greater good which Williams does in brilliant fashion I nevertheless wish to praise this candid and honest analysis f urban hip hop culture Williams does not shy away from divulging the unfavorable aspects Blue Blood of his past which makes his latterbservations The Gollywhopper Games: Friend or Foe on social and self identity all the miraculous As a high school teacherf English Literature I picked up William s memoir hoping to gain some perspective in regards to my African American students I feel as though I have been given a great deal Parafilias (Spanish Edition) of insight into the mindsetf my students who embrace the hip hop idealism and who euate it as their racial identity I feel as though I can meet the general disdain for learning literature and all things disregarded as un real with from a place f greater understanding and I thank Williams for that Nothing would please me than to teach this book in my classroom Unfortunately we live in a society where many parents would rather pretend that their precious nes are too innocent to read about the very things that they partake The Mirage ofn Friday nights and it is difficult for teachers and students to embrace a culture f true learning in the public classroom which is ften Rituels secrets des Templiers oppressed by private political agendas and rhetoric I applaud Williams again for his unabashed honesty and hope thatthers will be able to see the beautiful message relayed in this book and be given the pportunity to hear the crucial message that it sends While I appreciated the author s honesty and ability to write about some hard subjects I just didn t get into the book The first half I felt was verkill I understood the hip hop culture and how he lived it A Mild Suicide out pretty uickly And then the second half was the same way I read at least 30 pages making the same point I also felt that the author was a bit too universal in his judgements He was certainly able to see hiswn actions for what they were and that I admit takes bravery and integrity but I don t believe that you can ever judge anyone else s actions based Beethoven for a Later Age: The Journey of a String Quartet on yourwn motives He may be right about everyone living the thug life Born to Ride: A Story About Bicycle Face or whatever but regardless he doesn t have the right to assume they wereperating under the same motives But maybe that s just me I m about 10 years Origen: Scholarship in the Service of the Church older than the author so my relationship to hip hop is a bit different I grew up with funk and disco in the white suburbsf Pittsburgh When hip hop came along I lapped it up It was so black The mainstream white and black hated it People didn t understand it Hip hop became a source f pride for meOf course the music was a lot diverse in the 80s We had silly rap good time the music was a lot diverse in the 80s We had silly rap good time black nationalist rap misogynist rap and what would become gangsta rap It was before the multinational record labels got a hold f it and turned the lion s share f mainstream hip hop as though that could ve existed in 87 into the gangsta varietyI ften wondered what it must ve been like growing up with that constant nihilistic self loathing misogynist message being pounded into impressionable young ears Losing My Cool gave me insight into that experience I don t know how representative Williams s experiences are Porter Earns a Quarter (Four Basic Skills Series, Volume 2) of that generation s experience with hip hop but it is still illuminating as well as depressing I definitely appreciate his perspective and recommend thatther people check it Mayan, Incan, and Aztec Civilizations, Grades 5-8 out I was happy to win this book as a Goodreads giveaway It was a fast read and I found it to be very compelling I loved the premisef the author being able to throw Tablettes Albertini Actes privés de l'époque vandale off the shacklesf the hip hop culture through the salvation f books ideas and his father s influence The first part f the book convincingly shows how captivating the street culture can be even to black teens who live far from the streets It was fascinating to me from an anthropological point Sexual Soulmates: The Six Essentials for Connected Sex (English Edition) of view and especially to be able to see that first person account fromne who has been there and is now able to see it from an bjective distance as well My nly reservation in recommending this book is for sensitive readers to understand that the descriptions Piazza, Student Edition: Introductory Italian of the author s adolescent experiences are gritty and sometimes vulgar This comes with the territoryf this subject matter I wonder at the seductive power that the culture held Unbroken Circle: How to Take Your Family Through the End Time over the author such that it took him until he was in the second yearf college before he was able to see it for what it really was that all the talk f keeping it real by being dumbed down focused n material possessions and degrading to women was all a crushing lie His father was desperately trying to pen up his son s mind through enforced study sessions after school and during the summers but until the author Was Able To Move Away able to move away was not able to free himself This seems to be a very important point to me that ne s social and physical environment is very powerful and how needful it is that everyone be able to travel and experience ther cultures and ther points Tajweed Rules for Qur'anic Recitation: A Beginner's Guide (Tajweed Rules, of view I very much enjoyed the second halff the book that detailed the author s awakening This includes some delightful discussions Selling to VITO the Very Important Top Officer: Get to the Top. Get to the Point. Get to the Sale. of philosophy as applied to the black experience I learned uite a bitI look forward to seeing what else this author will write This bookffers an interesting perspective The Reformation (World History Series) on hip hop culture and the ways in which it can distort the perspectivesf young black people and especially some f its misogynistic tendencies But the author has a very solipsistic perspective best displayed in his treatment f RaShawn a young black man he admired when he was younger RaShawn becomes the author s foil in that while Williams reads and thinks his way Ask Me Nicely: Dark Urges Book One outf his circumstances RaShawn goes down into a spiral Date With A Dead Doctor of crime and jail But the implicationf this is that hip hop culture which RaShawn embraced and Williams ultimately rejected determined their fates Williams never nce stops to. A provocative intellectual memoir USA Today from a remarkable new literary voice Growing up Thomas Chatterton Williams knew he loved three things in life his parents literature and the intoxicating hip hop culture that surrounded him Fo. ,
Le look inherently childish if they dress a certain way it s in the eye f the beholder We re all taught that wearing a tie around your neck is a sign Daddy Lost Me At Poker (Eroticulture) (English Edition) of formality and seriousness And it is as long as we all agree that it is But its not hard to imagine a society where people think it looks sillyr uncomfortable I already do think that Why is either view Orb: A Tale of Alien Pregnancy or less valid I don t judge Williams for his style Inly ask that he Witchopoly offerthers the same courtesyStill Williams may be right that he has seen people damaged and limited by the social context Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett: A Grandfather's Thoughts on Faith, Family, and the Things That Matter Most of materialism sexism and anti intellectualism that he describes But to blame hip hop culture in the way that he does claiming that systematic racism is deadnly serves to Asesinato en una Lavandería China (Fondo Editorial Tierra Adentro obscure understandingf the problem If instead we look at the broader culture we can see that these problems are not a black problem but a problem for all people in the United States Unfortunately we are also left with the uncomfortable reality f disparities between black and white if we can t blame black culture then perhaps all the claims f discrimination are worth investigating Overall solid and fascinating account f the author s attraction to hip hop culture and its narrow definition f blackness versus his autodidact father s emphasis Beyond Time Travel - Exploring Our Parallel Worlds: Amazing Real Life Stories in the News (Time Travel Books Book 1) on grades reading and philosophy He expresses very well why and how he was attracted to hood styles make no mistake the hip hop he refers to is the street stuff not conscious stuff which he and his friends derisively referred to as Starbucks niggas Even though my experience is a bit different as a black male I identified with the various pressures and crisesf trying to fit in to this ideal and dealing with the social humiliation should Boarding House of Hunks one fail to measure upThen he graduates goes to Georgetown and after the first yearf keeping his hood bona fides up he undergoes an abrupt change and it is the description f his growing estrangement from hip hop and his realization f how he and those around him chose a narrow lie Bec (The Demonata, of what black people could be that the book earns its four stars He describes the interior processf slowly drifting away from his The Further Mishaps of Charlie Chumpkins old peers and his growing appreciation for his father s sacrifices with a generosityf spirit and precision f language that I greatly appreciatedMy favorite part though is where as a philosophy major he struggles with Hegel s master and slave dialectic and after beginning to understand some serious hardcore thought notes But by that point something had changed in my response to the music and irreparably so I listened to the music and I listened to it a lot but it became nearly impossible for me to be impressed by it n anything approaching a deeper level to see rappers like Jay Z and Nas and the Wu Tang Clan r even Mos Def and Talib Kweli in the light I used to see them and so many still do as something than entertainers and petty egoists as something akin to autodidact philosophers and thinkers as role models and guides as black people CNN I couldn t do it not nce I actually had some philosophy under my belt and was getting into the habit f thinking for and informing myselfThat put into stark words something I still have difficulty with listening to conscious rappers who I admire but when I try and break them down the ideas are still confused and lacking r if they re Our Planet: Our Home on point they ren point Kakoong, Pahlawan Pulau Awan Vol. 8 on a basic level and it s the wordplay that puts them a cut above and that skillf wordplay ften gets mistaken for thought itself But listening to some f Lupe Fiasco s passionate but half formed political ideas thought itself But listening to some Journeys of Frodo: An Atlas of J.R.R.Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings of Lupe Fiasco s passionate but half formed political ideas reconciling Mos Def s attempts at analysisn Black n Both Sides with the lazy inconsistent performances he s given and his belief in h to pick ne thing Bigfoot Like I love hip hop but to leave it as the Highest Point Of Expression In Terms Of Black Thought Political point f expression in terms f black thought political and philosophy is a mistake too many intelligent fans make much less the lowest common denominator taking n prefabricated street dreams as their waking lifeBottom line finishing this book inspired to me to push myself to think harder and to do better to ask how I could live a better life and what such a life might be for And that s about the highest praise I can give to a book First I ve got to say that Williams was brave to write this book Taking a hard honest look at hip hop culture being critical f it and then publicly writing about his conclusions are fraught things for a black man to do in this country Opens him up to all sorts f unwarranted criticism I ve seen him called an Uncle Tom in than A Stepdaughter In Heat (Daddy Daughter Sex Stories) one place That being said the book itself is an interesting and engaging read Williams is a real writer He writes lucidly and concisely and has a knack for choosing from among all the scenes from his life those scenes that will best convey the story he wants to tellThe story itself is both sad and wonderful Sad because there are so very many intelligent talented young people who never have a chance to flourish because they re caught upn a culture that doesn t value and encourage those attributes There are f course ther factors involved Wonderful because people like Williams father exist who seize every pportunity to learn and teach and who never settle for anything less than excellence from both themselves and thers This book is a story In the End of potential both wasted and expressedI usually don t respond tother people s reviews either those written here n r n ther forums but in this case I ll make an exception Williams has been criticized for having a very narrow view f hip hop culture for being verly critical f it for not acknowledging all f the many excellent aspects f black culture in general and yes even for writing the book when he is genetically nly half black Again that hint The Age of Treachery of Uncle Tom even when the phrase isn t used directly This is HIS story This is HIS experience He isn t writing a sociology text He doesn t have to apologize for what he writes by including all sortsf information extraneous to his experience in rder to balance everything ut Of course his experience isn t reflective The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy of any and all aspectsf the greater culture But it is his experience And it is the experience Seven Sisters New Quilts from an Old Favorite of most if not allf the kids who grew up with him in his neighborhood and school I am stunned that anyone thinks they have the right to criticize him for simply writing about his Bike Mechanic: Tales from the Road and the Workshop (Rouleur) own lifeThat being said I highly recommend this book Mildly heartwarming as a fatherson comingf age story but lacking sufficient perspective r nuance in its portrayal f hip hop culture Far too many reductive sweeping judgments When a Man Loves a Woman of hip hop s influence basedn tenuous interpretations f scant anecdotal evidence I d highly recommend the The Beautiful Struggle by Ta Nehisi Coates for a much sharper take n similar subject matter. Otional depth Losing My Cool portrays the allure and danger Keep From Falling of hip hop culture with the authorityf a true fan who's lived through it all while demonstrating the saving grace Catalogue the Insanity of literature and the powerf the bond between father and Losing My Cool

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