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Fall means a harvest of books by "newcomers" whom we read for the first time and hope they return with even stronger work and prove their staying power. It's been a wonderful reading summer. All of us at BIBR hope you extend your beach, travel and other leisure reading as long as you can, and enjoy this summer's terrific selection of black fiction in every genre. (Refer to our heavy lineup of fiction reviews in the July/August 2001 issue.) But as the days grow shorter and autumn chills begin to chase away summery rays, fall provides a cornucopia of reading that is every bit as stimulating.

This issue also highlights the latest literary comments on hip-hop culture and how the black writing community is embracing this newest artistic extension of our African legacy in America. We could think of no better way to explore our important and sometimes controversial African-American street culture than to ask the venerable poet Sonia Sanchez to talk with hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons, whose Def Poetry Jam will bring hip-hop verse to mass audiences with the same savvy Simmons helped sculpt hip-hop music into a lucrative commercial industry. The poet talks to the poetry promoter on page 43.

Our mission at BIBR is not only to bring you the latest developments in the world of black books, but also to connect current happenings to history. The urban street culture from which hip-hop literature draws is not new, and we hope to remind the new generation of artists of their "gangsta" roots by exploring the popular works of Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines. It took bold, young "rap" writers to make us older readers finally give them their props. I hope the pieces on these now classic underground writers will bridge the generational divide as well as prompt a more serious appreciation of the literature that is emerging from hip-hop culture. Finally as President of BIBR's big sister periodical Black Issues in Higher Education, I'm pleased to introduce BIBR's first snapshot of university press publishing. Look forward to more detailed portraits, as this area of African-American publishing develops. Enjoy the issue as well as the beautiful, changing colors of autumn. As you do, keep in mind the wonderful seasons of reading. Please send us your feedback via letters and E-mail!
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Title Annotation:black fiction and hip-hop culture
Publication:Black Issues Book Review
Article Type:Editorial
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2001
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