Is ‘gangsta rap’ a media-created phenomenon?

Lance Williams
Lance Williams

Lance Williams, board chair of the Lupe Fiasco Foundation, will visit NIU at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, to offer a dynamic, multimedia presentation on “The Rap Music Industry: Truth, Lies and Videotape.”

This mind-blowing presentation will shed light on how multinational media conglomerates, as one massive empire, use some aspects of the rap music industry as a cultural weapon to colonize the minds of youth in the Diaspora. Further emphasis will be placed on “gangsta rap,” a media-created phenomenon that has wide-reaching implications for the attitudes, beliefs and behavior of youth.

Williams is the author of “Culture and Perceptions of Violence Related Behaviors Among Adolescents” and co-author of the book titled “The Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Fall, Rise and Resurgence of an American Gang.”

His expertise has been frequently aired and published by numerous international, national and local media outlets including Al Jazeera , French TV Canal, Bloomberg News, CNN, BET, HBO, Essence Magazine, Ebony and Jet magazines.

The presentation, which will take place in the Regency Room of the Holmes Student Center, is hosted by the B.R.O.T.H.E.R.S. organization at NIU.

For more information, call (773) 491-5896 or email z1611607@students.niu.edu.

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