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Friday, June 12, 2009

It's not about the bling

Posted By on 06.12.09 at 05:11 PM

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"You may see us on TV, blinged out, but that's an act.  That's a joke," KRS-One says in Sonali Aggarwal's documentary Whatever Happened to Hip Hop?  "When Katrina hit, you saw the real hip-hop culture."

With interviews and performances from Nikki Giovanni, Rhymefest, MC Lyte, George Clinton, Slick Rick, Jean Grae, and Afrika Bambaataa, among many others, Aggarwal digs deep into hip-hop's roots, its commodification, and its continuing potential for empowerment and social change.

Whatever Happened to Hip Hop? screens Saturday at 6:35 PM in the Humboldt Park Art Fair's First Annual Film Festival.  The festival runs from Noon to 9 PM at the Humboldt Park Boat House, 1400 N. Sacramento.  It's free.


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