URBAN LIT IS HERE TO STAY

Urban lit, gangsta’ lit, thuggalore, call it whatever you like but it’s here to stay. These are some of the terms used to describe the griot story telling of the inner city through the eyes of those who have lived many of the tales they write about in their urban concrete jungle. These young writers are displaying and exploring the passion, scourge, mood, spirit and energy that they can only channel through a literary medium. What we are seeing now is a flowering of African American literature being written and told in a manner unlike anything that we have witnessed since the Harlem Renaissance. There’s a cultural literary movement going on; rap music, dance, and the way one speaks and dresses. It’s embedded in our pop culture, a way of life so to speak for many young people in the urban areas of America. The magnitude and ascent of the genre...
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Urban Lit is Literature

Urban lit writers are always viewed and oftentimes perceived by other writers as if literature is an isolated art form devoid of artistic value and therefore can only be transmitted to the masses through their voices only. How and when did their interpretation of what literature is become the Holy Grail? Literature is the art of written works. It is the work of one’s creative imagination which intertwines and meshes poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction. We read literature because it correlates with our spoken language, people, culture, and tradition. With that said, is it not fair then to write and tell stories beyond the realm of one’s imagination and life experiences that so many people have lived or heard of? What is wrong with maximizing the depth and extensiveness of literature through the urban lit medium? Instead of the constant deleterious, toxic, and malicious attack that the genre has undergone since it...
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