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When The People Cheer: How Hip-Hop Failed Black America

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Musician Questlove from the band The Roots, poses for a portrait, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 in New York.  (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri)
Musician Questlove from the band The Roots, poses for a portrait, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri)

There are three famous quotes that haunt me and guide me though my days. The first is from John Bradford, the 16th-century English reformer. In prison for inciting a mob, Bradford saw a parade of prisoners on their way to being executed and said, “There but for the grace of God go I.”

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