The New York Daily News profiles Sujatha Fernandes, Queens College sociology professor, former hip hop MC, and author of Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation. The Daily News article focuses on members of the global hip hop generation immigrating to New York:
As an “Indian-Australian-Portuguese gringa,” Fernandes said settling down here felt natural. “In some ways, I was really looking for home.”
Also profiled are two Cuban-born artists featured in the book, Ariel Fernández Díaz and Julio Cardenas, both of whom now live in New York:
Fernández Díaz says he was captivated by American hip hop and helped bring it to life in Havana, where he ran a festival and a magazine tied to the movement. But he felt like his voice wasn’t being heard in Cuba and grew frustrated, he said.
“I always felt connected with the hip-hop culture of New York,” he said of his decision to leave his country in 2005. He now lives in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.
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