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By John McWhorter

New York Time's Bestselling Author

Gotham Books, June 2008



The Colbert Report, Comedy Central, 8-29-08
O'Reilly Factor, Fox News Channel, 8-1-08
C-Span's "Washington Journal," 7-8-08
CNN American Morning, 7-1-08
CUNY TV "City Talk," 7-2-08
Fox News Channel's "Fox and Friends", 6-19-08


Talk Radio Network's "Laura Ingraham Show," 7-15-08
Talk Radio Network's "Mancow Show," 7-11-08
WBAL's "Ron Smith Show," 7-10-08
KTEM's "Lynn Woolley Show," 6-30-08
Ave Maria Radio's "Kresta in the Afternoon," 6-24-08
Westwood One's "Lars Larson Show" 6-23-08
NPR's "News and Notes" 6-23-08
WLW's "Bill Cunningham Show" 6-20-08
Talk Radio Network' s "Jerry Doyle Show" 6-20-08
National Review Online's "Between the Covers", 06-19-08
Salem Radio Network's "Michael Medved Show," 6-18-08
WHO's "Jan Mickelson Show," 6-17-08
The Economist's Democracy in America, 6-13-08

Online Discussion

John McWhorter on Bloggingheads TV with Glenn Loury

In the Press

Notable: Exploring postracial politics Colette Bancroft, St. Petersburg Times Online, June 30, 2008
With race in American culture a focus of the political season, three new books offer thoughtful takes on the past, present and future. All About the Beat: Why Hip-Hop Can't Save Black America (Gotham Books), by John McWhorter, argues that the dominant pop music form of the past 20 years may point to social problems but does little to solve them. . .

The politics of hip-hop The Economist, June 26, 2008
. . . Hip-Hop . . . Is it "pavement poetry [that] vibrates with commitment to speaking for the voiceless," as Michael Eric Dyson, a professor at Georgetown University, believes? Is it "an enormously influential agent for social change which must be responsibly and proactively utilised to fight the war on poverty and injustice," as the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN), a pressure group, contends? Or is it mostly "angry, profane and women-hating music that plays on the worst stereotypes of black people," as Bill Cosby harrumphs? None of the above, argues John McWhorter, in a new book called "All About the Beat: Why Hip-Hop Can't Save Black America". . .

A Danger Of Being Obamatized, Editorial, Investor's Business Daily, June 19, 2008
John McWhorter, Manhattan Institute senior fellow. . . is one of the nation's most insightful analysts of race and culture. . . McWhorter's new book, "All About the Beat: Why Hip-Hop Can't Save Black America," takes on rap music—of which he is actually an ardent fan—and concludes, as he told a New York City audience on Tuesday, that it is "marvelous, glorious, seductive noise," but "that's all there is."


Books by
John McWhorter

Winning the Race: Beyond the Crisis in Black America
Dutton and Gotham Books, February 2006

Authentically Black: Essays for the Black Silent Majority
Gotham Books, 2004

Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America
Free Press, 2000


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