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“We Got It From Here”: Language, Identity, and Global Hiphop
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Hiphop first appeared across urban centers of America as a counterpublic representation that recreated and reclaimed spaces and neighborhoods as the real centers of American culture.  It did this by telling and retelling young peoples of color’s ‘unauthorized’ biographies through critical artistic and linguistic expressions, ‘think-tank’ ciphers and by re-imagining forms of artistic expression, and confronting and overhauling the symbols and representations of life in the 21st century. It claimed its language as its identity and culture, and redefined education and knowledge as always about power and the determination to imagine, challenge, care and create.  This panel presents an analysis and discussion of the influence of hiphop language and African American English in the U.S. and globally.
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