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Marcus Reeves      

Cultural Critic, Digital Content Producer at BET.COM, Author of "Somebody Scream!: Rap Music's Rise to Prominence in the Aftershock of Black Power"

Marcus Reeves has written about pop music, Black youth culture and politics for over 20 years. He is the author of "Somebody Scream! Rap Music's Rise to Prominence in the Aftershock of Black Power", which was nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award.

He is also the host and producer of a talk/mix radio show named after his book on WBAI 99.5 FM. A former digital content producer for both BET.com and VH1.com, Reeves has also contributed essays to books, including "Souls of My Brothers, Hip Hop: A Cultural Odyssey", and "Vibe’s History of Hip Hop", and his writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Playboy, the Village Voice, The New York Times, and Rolling Stone. Reeves teaches Interviews and Profiles at NYUSPS in the Center for Applied Liberal Arts.

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The "Straight Outta Compton" Effect: How and Why Hollywood is Mining Hip Hop for the Next Film/TV Genre Boom

The Rise of Rap Music in The Aftershock of Black Power/Civil Rights Movement: How Hip Hop’s Activism Gave Rise to Black Lives Matter

Pop/Celebrity/Hip Hop Culture’s Cause, Effect and Legacy on the Presidency of Barack Obama

One Nation Under Hip Hop: The Impact of Technology and Hip Hop on America’s Pop Cultural Melting Pot in the 21st Century

Talking Loud and Saying Nothing: Comparing Rap’s Message Music Era to Hip Hop Music’s Current Disconnect from Issues Affecting Urban America.

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