Stand and Deliver

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Stand and Deliver

Political Activism, Leadership, and Hip Hop Culture

By Yvonne Bynoe Knowles; Yvonne Bynoe

Soft Skull Press, Paperback, 9781932360103, 209pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2004


The phrases hip hop” and activism” aren’t always heard together, but it’s a marriage that must be made if black empowerment is to succeed. In Stand and Deliver, Bynoe eloquently advocates replacing charismatic but ineffectual black leaders who beg for crumbs from the white power structure with citizen-leaders” who actively engage in a policy-centered relationship with that structure. Bynoe shows how hip hoppers can create a more sophisticated dialogue about what constitutes leadership, politics, and political action. This understanding, she argues, comes from influence, and influence comes from the ability to deliver or deny money, votes, or both to a political candidate, legislator, or political party. In the words of MC Lyte, all the rest is chitter chatter.”

About the Author
YVONNE BYNOE is an author and lecturer whose work combines the relevant issues of politics, culture, and economics within the context of American popular culture. She is the author of the book Stand and Deliver: Political Activism, Leadership and Hip Hop Culture (2004). Bynoe's writings have appeared in such publications as The Georgetown Journal of International Affairs and the National Urban League's 2001 State of Black America.