Fresh Off the Boat’s Rocky Relationship With Hip-Hop

Is Huang’s real-life relationship with hip-hop too complex for sitcom television?


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I was okay with the OJ stuff. 


It is not fair to blame the writers of this show for denigrating hip-hop. The denigration of hip-hop has already been done  by the record studios. 


What we need to be watchful of is if the writers are going to use the ‘model minority’ stereotype to push down African-Americans – which already happened at least once on the show. 
Flaws and all, the show is good to keep the dialog open on race relations.

Does Justin Timberlake Benefit From Being White In A Black Musical Style?

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I just read an excellent piece that captures the strange situation of blacks liking artists like Justin Timberlake, who I, like the author of the piece, really like. I think Timberlake is a supreme…

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Jay Smooth (African-American/White) [American]

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Known as: DJ, Radio Host & Blogger (Founder of New York City’s longest-running hip hop radio program, WBAI’s “Underground Railroad”; Occasional provider of music commentary for NPR)
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Blacking Up: Hip-Hop’s Remix of Race and Identity – ITVS

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“Blacking Up: Hip-Hop’s Remix of Race and Identity explores tensions surrounding white participation in hip-hop. Popularly referred to by derogatory terms such as “wannabe” or “wigger,” the figure of the white person who identifies with hip-hop often invokes heated responses. For some, it is an example of cultural progress — a movement toward a color-blind America. For others, it is just another case of cultural theft and mockery — a repetition of a racist past.”

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