Maybe not. Our music and media, for better or worse, is representative of who we are as culture to the world. If a non-black individual wanted to learn about African-American pop culture through OUR music, what would they learn? What would they see? Well…if they were to look at the example set by MAINSTREAM hip-hop (NOT all hip-hop), they would see an example that reinforces the stereotypes they’ve been taught all their lives about African-Americans. They would see a portrait of self-degradation, self-exploitation and materialism. They would learn nothing of substance. They would see that what we strive and live for is the club, sex, money, liquor and a hard beat. Is that who WE really are? Is that who YOU are? Is that what YOU strive for in life? At this level of impact and influence on pop culture, this was our chance to show who we are and what we’re made of. This was our chance to provide a portrait of sophistication, refinement, intelligence, strength and power. This was our chance to for once define ourselves, instead of an outsider telling us who we are. And yet, we’ve wasted it. We’re not even close to how we represented ourselves during the Motown era.