Randall Kennedy's book is the best examination yet of Obama's racial dilemma, says this reviewer.
Fears of "others" may be real, but we must also navigate the complexities of our multiracial society.
A new study posits that black-white biracial adults are increasingly choosing, like President Obama, to emphasize their blackness. But in this country, "black" has always been a mongrel affair.
When he criticizes the genre, the author is accused of catering to the right. But, he argues, most rappers are so conservative, they could easily belong to the Republican Party.
My father spent a lifetime listening for the sound of me falling. He always caught me. Always.
His debut album, Thank Me Later, reflects the blandness of the hip-hop moment.
We're supposedly living in a post-racial society, but these days, "black" is being defined much more narrowly -- and it has nothing to do with one's actual racial heritage. To sell out or keep it real? That is the question.