Peace journalists ponder hip-hop culture
By Steven Youngblood
A very bright young lady named Lilia asked a million dollar question at my Bronx, NY peace journalism boot camp last week.
thus sell CD’s.
So, why should peace journalists care about any of this? The students and I agreed that anything that promotes stereotypes and distortions about any one group can undermine understanding and peace. Thus, it is the journalist’s role to expose anything—music, movies, TV programs—that creates a false negative stereotype. If our commitment as journalists is to the facts, and to facts presented in context, then let’s consider reporting about African American males (for example) that goes beyond the words and images in hip-hop music and videos.
A—INTRO 5 CRIME VICTIM TREATMENT HAS A POWERFUL PRESENCE IN THE BRONX…AS IT PLAYS A CONSISTENT ROLE IN THE DAILY LIVES OF SOME OF ITS RESIDENTS. THE VOICES OF THE PEOPLE ON THIS TOPIC HAVE A RIGHT TO HEARD. SO REPORTER LILIA YUDINA WENT OUT TO GET THEIR VIEWPOINTS.
B—INTRO 9 THERE’S BEEN A GREAT CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING THE 9-11 MEMORIAL AT GROUND ZERO. SHOULD THE HIJACKERS FROM THE ATTACK BE FEATURED IN THE MUSEUM, SINCE THEY ARE A PART OF THE HISTORY? OUR REPORTERS GOT REACTIONS FROM BRONX RESIDENTS ABOUT THIS ISSUE.