Hip-Hop at Fifty featuring Jonathan Abrams
Hip-Hop was born at a party in the Bronx in the summer of 1973. Now, fifty years later, it’s the most popular music genre in America. Just as jazz did in the first half of the twentieth century, hip-hop and its groundbreaking DJs and artists—nearly all of them people of color from some of America’s most overlooked communities—pushed the boundaries of music to new frontiers, while transfixing the country’s youth and reshaping fashion, art, and even language. Join Jonathan Abrams reading from and discussing his best-selling book, The Come Up: An Oral History of the Rise of Hip Hop
Jonathan Abrams is an award-winning staff reporter for The New York Times. He is the bestselling author of two previous books, Boys Among Men and All the Pieces Matter. A graduate of the University of Southern California, Abrams was formerly a staff writer at Bleacher Report, Grantland, and the Los Angeles Times.
Trymaine Lee is a Pulitzer Prize and Emmy Award-winning journalist and correspondent for MSNBC, where he covers the intersection of race, power and politics. He is also the host of the “Into America” podcast, exploring the nuances of the Black experience in the United States. Trymaine is a contributing author of “The 1619 Project,” a 2023 Webby Award winner for a podcast series on the Reconstruction era’s unfulfilled promises, a 2021 Sigma Delta Chi Award winner for his documentary on the Tulsa Race Massacre, the winner of multiple NABJ Salute to Excellence Awards, a 3-time NAACP Image Award Nominee, and a past recipient of AdWeek’s Podcast Host of the Year. He is a former New America and Harvard Institute of Politics fellow and has been named to The Root 100 and Ebony Power 100 lists of most influential African Americans. Trymaine has reported for The New York Times, the Huffington Post, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Trentonian, the Philadelphia Tribune and the Philadelphia Daily News.