Podcast Ep 17: Dexter Thomas on Who Gets to Make Black Music

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Who Gets to Make Black Music?

We get down with Dexter Thomas, Pulitzer Prize-winning culture writer for the LA Times and almost-Ph.D in Japanese hip hop. Did you even know Japanese hip hop was A Thing? We also tackle Big Important Questions like: Why does everyone love Black culture? Why does Black represent cool, and is that a good thing? Why do Black people love Bruce Lee? And most importantly, where does a Black man find a barber in Tokyo?

For more on Dexter and his writing, say What Up here.

And we know you want Dexter’s Starter Guide to Japanese Hip Hop. You’re welcome.

@dexdigi, our ABD.

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