Monday, February 19th, 2007 at 5:44 pm
It’s not unusual for hip-hop to come under fire every now and then. In fact, it’s been a while since hip-hop last caught any backlash.
Alfred “Coach” Powell, a professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, has rekindled the debate on hip-hop’s depiction of negative images and lifestyles. The professor was the keynote speaker at a Youth Empowerment Seminar hosted
At the seminar put together by Stop the Madness Inc., Powell condemned rap music for promoting profanity and promiscuous clothing styles, among other things.
“It breaks my heart to hear conversations between young people today, and every other word is profanity,” he said.
Powell, the author of Hip-Hop Hypocrisy: When Lies Sound Like the Truth, encouraged young people to get educated and stay active in the community.
Rap music has been blamed for everything from teen violence to immorality. But who’s really to blame here—the artists, the fans, or the industry?