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April 2012

In the Know with Mo Flow: Waist-to-Hip Hop

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In 1810, Sara Baartman, a slave from South Africa, was brought to London by her owner with the promise of wealth and fame.  Under the name “Hottentot Venus”, she was paraded and humiliated throughout Europe as a “freak show” on account of her large buttocks and other conspicuous physical attributes that were believed to be uniquely African. Today, via the…

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In the Know with Mo Flow: Heavy C.R.E.A.M.

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The narrative of Hip Hop has encompassed a wide range of –isms affecting its listeners, including racism, sexism, absenteeism, egoism, hedonism, optimism, humanism,  self-determinism, and even romanticism. However, one of the isms that is featured most prominently in the mainstream Hip Hop narrative of today is materialism. The 1993 song C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me) by the Wu-Tang Clan…

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In the Know with Mo Flow: Blowin’ Up

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In the late 1880’s, a German organic chemist named Richard Willstätter worked with a research team to successfully synthesize the first molecule of cocaine.  Over 100 years later, the use and distribution of cocaine as an illicit recreational drug has become a hotbed of socioeconomic, political, and criminological controversy.   Since the 1980’s, the relationship between Hip Hop music and cocaine,…

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