Hip-hop Diplomacy, part 2

My second post for The Avid Listener  is up. Here’s a teaser:

According to Hisham Aidi, the State Department’s primary reason for using Hip-hop in diplomatic overtures is to prevent Islamic radicalization. In a lengthy essay published in Foreign Affairs, Aidi describes instances in which these efforts have failed, not because immigrants went on to radical acts, but because government officials underestimated the eagerness with which local Hip-hop artists would use their new platforms to address instead what they saw as “real” social ills. So I asked Mark Katz, the director of Next Level, how Aidi’s goal of preventing Islamic radicalization resonates with his own organization’s goals…

Read more at The Avid Listener.

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