AAST 103: African American Politics and Culture

man painting and listening to music

This course explores the politics of Black integration into American mass culture during the seventies and eighties.  Focusing on primetime television and the birth of hip hop music, the course examines tensions between Black counterculture, artistic independence,  corporate media control, and mass consumerism.

Clip from the film 1983 Wild Style featuring music by Grand Wizard Theodore, Fantastic Five, and Cold Crush Brothers. [is it Fab 5 Freddy of Fantastic Freaks?]