On the strength of his op-ed piece for The Washington Post, Thomas Chatterton Williams was invited to PBS’s Tony Brown’s Journal to discuss his ideas on hip-hop’s negative influence on black culture. His themes revolve around the idea that the negative influence greatly outweighs the positive impact. He calls out Kanye West for downplaying education on his critically acclaimed album, The College Dropout. He differentiates between black culture and black street culture, which makes sense to me. And he puts Michael Eric Dyson on blast for defending hip-hop with an academic stance “to the point of absurdity”. I’m thinking him and Bill Cosby should hang out. I agree that the “cool pose-culture” he describes was on some street sh*t for a long time, but will it necessarily remain there? (good looks AT)