Say Word!: Voices from Hip Hop Theater

Author:   Daniel Banks ,  Daniel Banks
Publisher:   The University of Michigan Press
ISBN:  

9780472071326


Pages:   400
Publication Date:   30 July 2011
Format:   Hardback
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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The Hip Hop phenomenon now encompasses a global, multiethnic, grassroots youth culture committed to social justice and self-expression through performance. Hip Hop Theater emerged after the Hip Hop music craze, mixing spoken-word performance with music and dance and displaying the activism and resistance that typify Hip Hop culture. >Say Word! Voices from Hip Hop Theater collects eight works by contemporary artists Abiola Abrams, Zakiyyah Alexander, Chadwick Boseman, Kristoffer Diaz, Rha Goddess, Antoy Grant, Joe Hernandez-Kolski, Rickerby Hinds, and Ben Snyder with commentary by theater director, scholar and activist Daniel Banks. The plays deal with compelling issues of our times, including police profiling and brutality, women's empowerment, the commercial exploitation of Hip Hop, and identity politics. An additional play available online, From Tel Aviv to Ramallah by Rachel Havrelock and Yuri Lane, a beatbox opus with stunning visuals, explores the role of Hip Hop in the lives and cultures of two young men from Israel and Palestine. The book also features a conversation among Hip Hop pioneers Eisa Davis, Danny Hoch, Sarah Jones, and Will Power with moderator Holly Bass that traces the roots of Hip Hop Theater and speculates about its future. The book's lively plays, informative historical introduction as well as biographical and critical commentary will appeal to general readers as well as students and scholars.

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Author:   Daniel Banks ,  Daniel Banks
Publisher:   The University of Michigan Press
Imprint:   The University of Michigan Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 2.50cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.612kg
ISBN:  

9780472071326


ISBN 10:   0472071327
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   30 July 2011
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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. ..demonstrates that no matter the risk, and despite resistance, exploitation, oppression, or devaluation, hip hop culture can't stop, won't stop thriving. - Jessica Pabon, TDR: The Drama Review <br><br>--Jessica Pabon TDR: The Drama Review (02/21/2013)


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Daniel Banks, Ph.D., is cofounder of DNAWORKS, an arts and service organization dedicated to fostering artistic expression and dialogue and focusing on issues of identity, culture, class, and heritage. He created and directed the Hip Hop Theatre Initiative and presents workshops on Hip Hop Theater performance across the globe.

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