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Sujatha Fernandes
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Sujatha Fernandes is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York and author, most recently, of Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation (2011). She has also written two other books: Who Can Stop the Drums? Urban Social Movements in Chávez’s Venezuela (2010) and Cuba Represent! Cuban Arts, State Power, and the Making of New Revolutionary Cultures (2006).

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Iggy Azalea and the Perils of Reinventing Oneself

(18) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 10:04 PM

Eight years ago a young white girl from the rural northern-Australian town of Mullumbimby moved to Miami. Only 16 years of age, she refashioned herself as a rapper by the name of Iggy Azalea with a black Southern accent and achieved notoriety when her sexually explicit songs went viral on...

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Venezuelan Barrio Organization Calls for Peace

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2014 | 5:55 PM


With few exceptions, most international media coverage of the recent protests in Venezuela gives little sense of the response from the popular social movement actors who support the Maduro government but operate independently from it. As researchers who have carried out...

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The Imaginative Power of 99% Politics: Occupy Wall Street Spreads Uptown

(3) Comments | Posted November 14, 2011 | 12:32 PM

"I work at the airport," says a well dressed Dominican woman as she stops by our West Harlem Halloween solidarity with Occupy Wall Street event. "I've been working there for twenty-six years and I make $14,000 a year. People think that because I wear a fancy uniform I make a...

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9/11 and the Cuban Hip Hop Revolución

(7) Comments | Posted September 12, 2011 | 5:10 PM

Over the past decade, the events of 9/11 have been the catalyst for all kinds of political actions, from warmongering and militarization to social mobilizations for inclusion and justice. On the island of Cuba, the events provided a new platform for young people involved in the movement of Cuban rap....

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Hip Hop and Global Unrest

(29) Comments | Posted September 7, 2011 | 3:23 PM

Five years ago, the American rapper Nas proclaimed that "Hip Hop is Dead." But while hip hop culture may have succumbed to the music industry in the U.S., four decades after its birth in the Bronx, rap music has become the soundtrack to the social unrest sweeping the globe from...

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