Holler if You Hear Me

Holler if You Hear Me

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by Michael Eric Dyson
     
 

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Acclaimed for his writing on Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as his passionate defense of black youth culture, Michael Eric Dyson is known as the "hip-hop intellectual." With his Blackboard best seller Holler If You Hear Me, Dyson has reached his widest audience to date, bringing to life the hopes and dreams of slain hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur.

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Acclaimed for his writing on Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as his passionate defense of black youth culture, Michael Eric Dyson is known as the "hip-hop intellectual." With his Blackboard best seller Holler If You Hear Me, Dyson has reached his widest audience to date, bringing to life the hopes and dreams of slain hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur. Viewed by many as a "black James Dean," Tupac has attained cult status since his death six years ago, partly due to the posthumous release of several albums, three movies, and a collection of poetry. But Tupac lives on primarily because of the devotion of his loyal followers. Dyson helps us to understand why a twenty-five-year-old rapper, activist, poet, actor, and alleged sex offender looms even larger in death than he did in life. With his trademark skills of critical thinking and storytelling, Dyson examines the significance of Tupac Shakur for black youth, assessing the ways in which different elements of Shakur's persona-thug, confused prophet, fatherless child-are both vital and destructive. Deeply personal and sharply analytical at the same time, Dyson's book offers a wholly original way of looking at Tupac Shakur that will thrill those who already love the artist and enlighten those who want to understand him.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465017560
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
12/17/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Eric Dyson, named by Ebony as one of the hundred most influential black Americans, is the author of sixteen books, including Holler if You Hear Me, Is Bill Cosby Right? and I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King Jr. He is currently University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is the best book in the entire world i dont care ehat anyone says .... i love Tupac
TulaneGirl More than 1 year ago
This book was somewhat of a disappointment. I had high hopes for a book about a great subject written by a man who's oration skills are legendary. The book did not live up to those expectations. Although littered with facts about Tupac's life, it was disjointed and disorganized. And that intensity that so characterizes Dr. Dyson's speeches and debates was noticably absent from this book. That being said the book nevertheless is a worthwhile read so long as you don't expect anything too impressive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book offered alot of insite into the life of tupac but alot of it was allready known. the author was very noble in writing this book and i loved the passion in this book. the author did a great job and he deserves an award for his work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was good. it gave lots of good info on tupac's life and all that good stuff. it is obvious that Dyson researched alot 2 write this book and make it as good as it was. Pac i know ur still alive and i will alwayz luv ur music 4ever. peace!
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿Holler If You Hear Me,¿ by Michael Eric Dyson, is a very well-researched book. Tupac Shakur is known most know for his ¿thug-like¿ appearance. This book shows many different aspects of Tupac¿s life, in both good and bad ways, which readers don¿t hear too often. Tupacs mother, Afeni Shakur, was a Black Panther. This was a group that fought for the rights of blacks and Indians. Black Nationalism was always in his head as both a promise and a judgement. As he grew he did a lot like his mother, fighting for their rights, and just standing up for what he believes. As soon as he started to make money and fame is when his appearance came to ¿thug-life.¿ He realized that he could say pretty much anything he would like, and it would be all right. Tupac was raised way different than many people. That means that more than likely he also has many different morals as well. This is a great book for everyone to read. It will amaze those who already love Tupac. For those who don¿t know much about Tupac, or who seek to know more, this book will enlighten them. This is a great way to understand him and all he had done in his time.