Compare the overt use of music in Krush Groove to issues presented in the documentary The Black Power Mixtape or the documentary Hip-hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes.



1. Compare the overt use of music in Krush Groove to issues presented in the documentary The Black Power Mixtape or the documentary Hip-hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes.  The second choice is to compare subtle soundtrack meanings of

music in Do The Right Thing to Krush Groove, using the article Musing New Hoods

as your theoretical base. How do these movies comment on African American


2. In this case, you will ALSO reference chapter 2 in the Ebook Understanding Black

American Aspects in Hip-Hop Cinema.  What additional insight does this chapter

give to your understanding of the film you have chosen?  

3.  Be focused, detailed and use short quotes. Yes, you can and will probably need

more than 600 words. Remember the essays should contain in-text citations.  See

the discussion guidelines in the content section and the Course Rubric.  You will be

graded by the Rubric.    Post your original discussion essay in the discussion area

and submit to the assignments dropbox February 5 before midnight.  

Remember the fictional films are NOT reality.  They are the materialization

of expressions of ideologies or refutation of those beliefs that exist in society,

sometimes from Hollywood, sometimes from a black perspective.  Your job is to use

academic writings and your own interpretations to produce an essay

that analyzes words, themes, mise en scene as they project beliefs


Remember the essays should contain citations and are practice for the final course

paper.  However, they are also an opportunity to start less formal conversations

and responses among group members.  You must complete both aspects, so be

sure to respond to at least one of your group members about what they found

and/or to the comments of others who respond to your post.  This assignment

counts toward class participation. Copy and paste or type your

discussion/essay in the discussion area and submit your file to the

dropbox for a plagiarism check.

What should be included in your essay(for more detail look at the rubric in

the content section and in the dropbox:

  •  Minimum 600 Words for the initial post for Discussion/Essay
  •  Contains a thesis
  •  At least 3 proofs to support the thesis
  •  two from course materials
  •  one from your own academic or primary research
  •  Use of in-text citations with page numbers
  •  Works cited with webpage links or full printing press information
  •  Good Grammar
  •  Discretionary points for Excellence

Essay Format:

This is the general format of what your essay should look like.

Paragraph 1 — introduction to tell me where you are going. This paragraph includes

or starts with a specific distinct thesis that states exactly what you plan to argue. It

does not say " I will discuss…"  Instead, state your argument and move on to prove

it.  If I have to wait until the end of the paper to figure out what your point is, you

have already failed.  Some students put the thesis sentence in italics or bold it. If

you want to do this that's fine.  It helps me zero in immediately on what you will

argue and may help you keep track of your focus.

Paragraphs 2-5 — justifications. Each subsequent paragraph proves some part of

your thesis. They start with and include sub-assertions. These sub-assertions

introduce related bits of evidence and are in effect a mini-thesis that makes a

refined point about SOME aspect of the thesis. In other words, it pinpoints a specific

part of the thesis and explains why the information you present is relevant. After

the sub assertion, include your evidence — an example, quote, and citation, for

example. You must include examples from the narrative. You can combine

justifications in paragraphs as long as they relate to the sub assertion, which on a

larger scale connects to the thesis.   Start each new paragraph with new sub-

assertions and justification that highlights another different part of the thesis. 

Continue until all parts of your thesis are illustrated and justified.  Adjust your

thesis if need be.

Final Paragraph — add some deeper insight. You started with a thesis — what

additional intellectual points can you add that both reflects the original thesis but

seems to carry your initial concept further?


Kush Groove Link:

Black Power Mixtape:

Look up on youtube if the link doesn’t work

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