Epub ebook Losing My Cool – doctorio.us

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Mildly heartwarming as a fatherson coming of age story but lacking sufficient perspective or nuance in its portrayal of hip hop culture Far too many reductive sweeping judgments of hip hop s influence based on tenuous interpretations of scant anecdotal evidence I d highly recommend the The Beautiful based on tenuous interpretations of scant anecdotal evidence I d highly recommend the The Beautiful by Ta Nehisi Coates for a much sharper take on similar subject matter First I ve ot to say that Williams was brave to write This Book Taking A book Taking a honest look at hip hop culture being critical of it and then publicly writing about his conclusions are fraught things for a black man to do in this country Opens him up to all sorts of unwarranted criticism I ve seen him called an Uncle Tom in than one place That being said the book itself is an interesting and engaging read Williams is a real writer He writes lucidly and concisely and has a knack for choosing from among all the scenes from his life those scenes that will best convey the story he wants to tellThe story itself is both sad and wonderful Sad because there are so very many intelligent talented young people who never have a chance to flourish because they re caught up on a culture that doesn t value and encourage those attributes There are of course other factors involved Wonderful because people like Williams father exist who seize every opportunity to learn and teach and who never settle for anything less than excellence from both themselves and others This book is a story of potential both wasted and expressedI usually don t respond to other people s reviews either those written here on or on other forums but in this case I ll make an exception Williams has been criticized for having a very narrow view of hip hop culture for being overly critical of it for not acknowledging all of the many excellent aspects of black culture in eneral and of the many excellent aspects of black culture in eneral and even for writing the book when he is enetically only half black Again that hint of Uncle Tom even when the phrase isn t used directly This is HIS story This is HIS experience He isn t writing a sociology text He doesn t have to apologize for what he writes by including all sorts of information extraneous to his experience in order to balance everything out Of course his exper. A provocative intellectual memoir USA Today from a remarkable new literary voice Growing up Thomas Chatterton Williams knew he loved three things in life his parents literature and the intoxicating hip hop culture that surrounded him Fo. .
People CNN I couldn t do it not once I actually had some philosophy under my belt and was etting into the habit of thinking for and informing actually had some philosophy under my belt and was Shotgun Wedding (Silhouette Yours Truly, getting into the habit of thinking for and informing put into stark words something I still have difficulty with listening to conscious rappers who I admire but when I try and break them down the ideas are still confused and lacking or if they re on point they re on point on a basic level and it s the wordplay that puts them a cut above and that skill of wordplay oftenets mistaken for thought itself But listening to some of Lupe Fiasco s passionate but half formed political ideas or reconciling Mos Def s attempts at analysis on Black on Both Sides with the lazy inconsistent performances he s Life Changing Smiles given and his belief in oh to pick one thing Bigfoot Like I love hip hop but to leave it as the highest point of expression in terms of black thought political analysis and philosophy is a mistake too many intelligent fans make much less the lowest common denominator taking on prefabricated street dreams as their waking lifeBottom line finishing this book inspired to me to push myself to think harder and to do better to ask how I could live a better life and what such a life might be for And that s about the highest praise I canive to a book I first heard of Thomas Chatterton Williams book Losing My Cool on a public radio program To the Best of our Knowledge I was a bit disturbed by Williams thesis that hip hop culture is the source of serious problems in the US black community especially because he played down racism as an ongoing problem I was disturbed by the fact that the white host appeared to lap up Williams ideasI am a white Jew and as such I think it s my responsibility to denounce racism like it is the responsibility of all caring people If anything white people have a Innocent Sins (Harlequin Presents, greater responsibility to fight racism because the privilege of our skin means other white people who are after all the beneficiaries and arbiters of racism areenerally likely to listen to us Thus I feel moved to respond to Williams whose book I fear only plays to white people s tendency to believe racist argumentsHis book is a memoir recounting his experience Only a Whisper growing up in what he calls hip hop culture reflecting Otional depth Losing My Cool portrays the allure and danger of hip hop culture with the authority of a true fan who's lived through it all while demonstrating the savingrace of literature and the power of the bond between father and Losing My Cool

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Ience isn t reflective of any and all aspects of the Copper Lake Secrets greater culture But it is his experience And it is the experience of most if not all of the kids whorew up with him in his neighborhood and school I am stunned that anyone thinks they have the right to criticize him for and school I am stunned that anyone thinks they have the right to criticize him for writing about his own lifeThat being said I highly recommend this book Overall solid and fascinating account of the author s attraction to hip hop culture and its narrow definition Of Blackness Versus His blackness versus his father s emphasis on Brooklyn's Song grades reading and philosophy He expresses very well why and how he was attracted to hood styles make no mistake the hip hop he refers to is the street stuff not conscious stuff which he and his friends derisively referred to as Starbucks niggas Even though my experience is a bit different as a black male I identified with the various pressures and crises of trying to fit in to this ideal and dealing with the social humiliation should one fail to measure upThen heraduates Men Are Like Waffles--Women Are Like Spaghetti Devotional Study Guide goes to Georgetown and after the first year of keeping his hood bona fides up he undergoes an abrupt change and it is the description of hisrowing estrangement from hip hop and his realization of how he and those around him chose description of his Plain Jane The Hotshot growing estrangement from hip hop and his realization of how he and those around him chose narrow lie of what black people could be that the book earns its four stars He describes the interior process of slowly drifting away from his old peers and hisrowing appreciation for his father s sacrifices with a Family of Her Dreams generosity of spirit and precision of language that Ireatly appreciatedMy favorite part though is where as a philosophy major he struggles with Hegel s master and slave dialectic and after beginning to understand some serious hardcore thought notes But by that point something had changed in my response to the music and irreparably so I listened to the music and I listened to it a lot but it became nearly impossible for me to be impressed by it on anything approaching a deeper level to see rappers like Jay Z and Nas and the Wu Tang Clan or even Mos Def and Talib Kweli in the light I used to see them and so many still do as something than entertainers and petty egoists as something akin to autodidact philosophers and thinkers as role models and Blackmailed Into the Italians Bed guides as black. R years he managed to juggle two disparate lifestyles keeping it real in his friends' eyes and studying for the SATs under his father's strict tutelage until it all threatened to spin out of control Written with remarkable candor and em.


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    SUMMARY Losing My Cool Thomas Chatterton Williams Å 1 SUMMARY Epub ebook Losing My Cool – doctorio.us I first heard of Thomas Chatterton Williams' book Losing My Cool on a public radio program To the Best of our Knowledge I was a bit disturbed by Williams' thesis that “hip hop culture” is the source of serious problem

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    Epub ebook Losing My Cool – doctorio.us I'm about 10 years older than the author so my relationship to hip hop is a bit different I grew up with funk and disco in the white suburbs of Pittsburgh When hip hop came along I lapped it up It was so black The mainstream white and black hated it People didn't understand it Hip hop became a source of pride for meOf course the music was a lot diverse in the '80s We had silly rap good time rap black nationalist rap misogynist

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    READ ´ DOCTORIO.US Å Thomas Chatterton Williams Thomas Chatterton Williams Å 1 SUMMARY SUMMARY Losing My Cool An engaging but very frustrating read I found it very upsetting how one sided the author is about a subculture that contai

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    Epub ebook Losing My Cool – doctorio.us READ ´ DOCTORIO.US Å Thomas Chatterton Williams Overall solid and fascinating account of the author's attraction to hip hop culture and its narrow definition of blackness versus his autodidact father's emphasis on grades reading and philosophy He expresses very well why and how he was att

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    SUMMARY Losing My Cool Epub ebook Losing My Cool – doctorio.us Thomas Chatterton Williams Å 1 SUMMARY I was happy to win this book as a Goodreads giveaway It was a fast read and I found it to be very compelling I loved the premise of the author being able to throw off the shackles of the hip hop culture through the salvation of books ideas and his father's influence The first part of the book convincingly shows how captivating the street culture can be even to black teens who live far from the streets It was fa

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    Epub ebook Losing My Cool – doctorio.us Losing My Cool is a profound reflection on one of the prevalent cultures within the US While I find it somewhat bemusing that any individual could be so bold as to critiue any nonfiction writer who is willing to offer up the

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    Epub ebook Losing My Cool – doctorio.us First I've got to say that Williams was brave to write this book Taking a hard honest look at hip hop culture being critical of it and then publicly writing about his conclusions are fraught things for a black man to do in this country Opens him up to all sorts of unwarranted criticism I've seen him called an

  8. says: Thomas Chatterton Williams Å 1 SUMMARY READ ´ DOCTORIO.US Å Thomas Chatterton Williams Epub ebook Losing My Cool – doctorio.us

    READ ´ DOCTORIO.US Å Thomas Chatterton Williams Epub ebook Losing My Cool – doctorio.us This book offers an interesting perspective on hip hop culture and the ways in which it can distort the perspectives of young black people and especially some of its misogynistic tendencies But the author has a very solipsis

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    Epub ebook Losing My Cool – doctorio.us READ ´ DOCTORIO.US Å Thomas Chatterton Williams While I appreciated the author's honesty and ability to write about some hard subjects I just didn't get into the book The

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    SUMMARY Losing My Cool Thomas Chatterton Williams Å 1 SUMMARY READ ´ DOCTORIO.US Å Thomas Chatterton Williams Mildly heartwarming as a fatherson coming of age story but lacking sufficient perspective or nuance in its portrayal of hip hop culture Far too many reductive sweeping judgments of hip hop's influence based on tenuous interpretations of scant anecdotal evidence I'd highly recommend the The Beautiful Struggle by Ta Nehisi Coates for a much sharper take on similar subject matter

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