Hip-Hop has created a lot of social and cultural bridges that otherwise wouldn't exist today. For example, the Hasidic Jew reggae artist Matisyahu is one of the most popular artists today. But would he ever have even thought to have become a Hip-Hop artist if Hip-Hop wasn't such an accessible and open movement? "Hip-Hop is creating very interesting bridges across racial and ethnic communities," says S. Craig Watkins - a sociology professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Kay Kendall, also from the UT at Austin, says the "youth of different races and ethnicities are using the common ground of Hip-Hop to interact in a more seamless fashion than their grandparents ever would have envisioned. Mass media and clever marketing have made it a small world after all." And even Russell Simmons, "the godfather of Hip-Hop", says, "According to the statistics [of a recent survey], it seems that youth are much more likely to accept and embrace the differences between people in terms of culture, color, religion, and ethnicity than older Americans." Referring to the same statistics Dr. Benjamin Chavis said, "These polls indicate that the Hip Hop generation (people ages 18-35) are willing to embrace... [continues]
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