Yvonne Bynoe is widely regarded as a leading figure among a new generation of
public intellectuals. She currently provides political and cultural commentary
for the National Public Radio (NPR) program, News & Notes with Ed Gordon. Bynoe's straightforward analysis has garnered her praise from academics and
average citizens. Acclaimed scholar, Manning Marable has called Bynoe "one of
Hip Hop Culture's most insightful observers."
She has written and lectured extensively on politics, culture and economics and how those topics are often framed by popular culture. Bynoe is the author of two books, The Encyclopedia of Rap and Hip Hop Culture (Greenwood Press) that chronicles the history of the genre and Stand & Deliver: Political Activism, Leadership and Hip Hop Culture (Softskull Press).
Bynoe's writings have also appeared in several anthologies including: Race and Resistance: African Americans in the 21st Century, ed. Herb Boyd, Rhythm & Business: The Political Economy of Black Music, ed. Norman Kelley and America Now!: Short Reading from Recent Periodicals, ed. Robert Antwan.
At the core of Bynoe's work is the concept that people can be empowered, through education and information, to improve their circumstances. Bynoe's essays have been included in curricula across the nation. She is also a frequent speaker at colleges and universities as well as at professional association conferences throughout the country.
At the 2005 National Association of Black Journalists conference, Bynoe was interviewed Republican National Committee Chairman, Ken Mehlman and Democratic National Committee Chairman, Howard Dean with fellow panelists, Suzanne Malveaux, CNN White House correspondent, and Marcus Mabry, Chief of Correspondents, Newsweek magazine. This important discussion was moderated by Farai Chideya.
In 2005 she created the Stand & Deliver: Agent of Change grant to support the work of college and community activists. For her activism, in 2003 The Network Journal magazine named her one of ten "New Yorkers Who Make a Difference."
Yvonne has a wonderful free e-book called Get Published and Get (Well) Paid! . We recommend that you download the book and come to the conference prepared with questions! [book available as of 8 Apr 2011]
Who's Your Mama?
The Unsung Voices of Women and Mothers
Paperback: 288 pages
Unlike other motherhood books that focus on the experiences of a small group of
affluent, married white women, Who's Your Mama? centers on the largely
untold perspectives of the majority of American women, whose unique and
sometimes unconventional family structures impact our country. Their
contributions speak practically of their personal beliefs, intimate
relationships, and socioeconomic realities.
The Encyclopedia of Rap and Hip Hop Culture
The Encyclopedia of Rap and Hip Hop Culture is the first comprehensive reference book to document the history of rap music and Hip Hop in the United States. Hip Hop is comprised of four art forms: MC'ing (rapping), B-boying (breakdancing), Deejaying (music) and Graffiti (visual art). The encyclopedia examines all four elements through its 500 entries, 100 photographs, discographies after entries and a 'for further listening' listing. The Greenwood Publishing Group is one of the world's leading publishers of reference titles, academic and general interest books.
According to Bynoe, 'Hip Hop has existed for over thirty years
and has become part of mainstream American culture, yet until now there was not
one source for thorough information on the subject. The Encyclopedia of Rap and
Hip Hop Culture will be an indispensable reference book for people who want to
educate themselves about Hip Hop and the people who contributed to it.
Stand and Deliver: Political Activism, Leadership and Hip Hop
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