Dr Boyce Watkins: Black people must stand up to toxic hip-hop

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In this video, Dr Boyce Watkins speaks about the importance of black people speaking up about toxic hip-hop music and harmful media. Dr Watkins explains that negative messages affect the thinknig of our children, and that the music only promotes the increased dysfunction that has occurred in black America over the last 40 years.

He mentions the War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration, but also discusses the struggles of the black community to help their children get messages from media that are going to empower them and not harm them.

Dr Boyce Watkins was the only African American in the world to earn a PhD in Finance during the year 2002.  He is also the author of “Commercialized hip-hop: The gospel of self-destruction.”  In this lecture series, Dr. Watkins explains the ways that corporate America has taken over hip-hop and pushed messages that are deliberately disruptive to the development of healthy black men and boys.

You can watch his video below and tell us:

Do you think that hip-hop music on the radio has gotten a little bit out of control?

Here’s more about Dr. Watkins, from wikipedia:


Boyce D. Watkins is an American[1] author, economist, political analyst, and social commentator. Formerly a member of the finance faculty, and currently a Scholar in Residence in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Syracuse University,[2] he also is a Distinguished Scholar with the Barbara JordanInstitute for Policy Research, and was previously a Visiting Fellow at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and the Centre for European Economic Research (Mannheim, Germany).[3][4]Watkins is also a faculty affiliate with the College Sports Research Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.[5] He has authored several financial advice books, including Financial Lovemaking 101: Merging Assets with your Partner in Ways that Feel Good, Black American Money, as well as What if George Bush were a Black Man?; his work has also appeared in such publications as the Journal Of Small Business Management[6], and The Journal of Economics and Business.[7]

In addition to publishing scholarly articles on finance and investing, Watkins is an advocate for education, economic empowerment, and social justice, and has made regular appearances in various national media outlets, including CNNGood Morning AmericaMSNBCFox NewsBETNPR,Essence MagazineUSA TodayThe Today ShowESPNThe Tom Joyner Morning Show and CBS Sports.[4][8] He is also a frequent guest on, The Wendy Williams Experience radio program. Watkins is also a frequent contributor to theGrio and TheLoop21.com.[9]

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