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Response to Jeff Chang’s “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation””

“Hip-hop had been reduced to a kid-friendly Broadway production, scrubbed clean for prime-time, force-fitted into one-size-fits-all” (Chang 194). Before McDonalds adopted it as yet another marketing tool, Jeff Chang describes hip-hop’s birth from within the neglected wasteland that was the … Continue reading

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Freudian Analysis of Sonny in Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues”

Jazz as an Alternative to Death “It’s repulsive to think you have to suffer that much” (Baldwin 132). Many would argue that in life, pain outweighs pleasure. Freud contends that although we are unable to reconcile with the truth because … Continue reading

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