CANCELLED: SmartTalks: Hip-Hop and Mass Incarceration: A Conspiracy For the Ages
Ridgewood Public Library
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1:00 pm
In 2012, an unsigned letter began circulating on popular hip-hop blogs, describing a meeting that allegedly happened 20 years earlier between private prison and music industry executives. According to this letter, record execs were asked to begin marketing and promoting hip-hop that glorified criminal behavior in exchange for stock in the prison business. What does this conspiracy theory suggest about the relationship between hip-hop and America's prison system over the last 40 years? (from the "Louder Than a Riot" description).
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