Jeff Chang

Jeff has written extensively on culture, politics, the arts, and music. He was a USA Ford Fellow in Literature and a winner of the North Star News Prize. He was named by The Utne Reader as one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World”. His first book, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, garnered many honors, including the American Book Award and the Asian American Literary Award. He is the editor of Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop. He is currently writing two new books, Who We Be: The Colorization of America (St. Martin’s Press), and Youth (Picador Big Ideas/Small Books series). Jeff was a founding editor of ColorLines magazine, and a Senior Editor/Director at Russell Simmons’ He has written for the The Nation, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Vibe, Foreign Policy, and Mother Jones, among many others. In 1993, he co-founded and ran the influential hip-hop indie label, SoleSides, now Quannum

Coca-Cola's Long Culture War

by Jeff Chang on Feb 5, 2014 7:00AM

The company's Super Bowl ad stirred the ire of English-only trolls. But radical, it ain't.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media

Retreat into Whiteness

by Jeff Chang on Nov 25, 2009 12:00PM

Rich Benjamin’s new book leaves us wondering what could happen politically if the emerging majority-minority were joined by the white working class.


What Do We Do When We Win?

by Jeff Chang on Nov 25, 2008 12:00PM

Reflections on the election victory.


Hip Hop VP: Q & A With Rosa Clemente

by Jeff Chang on Aug 21, 2008 3:24PM


National Hip-Hop Political Convention Opens In 2 Weeks

by Jeff Chang on Jul 18, 2008 9:41AM

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What Do Whites Want? Why The Papers Are Getting The Race Polls Wrong

by Jeff Chang on Jul 16, 2008 1:23PM

Reposted from Zentronix So many race polls, so little insight.


Idle Hands: Why The Candidates Must Focus On Young Americans

by Jeff Chang on Jun 11, 2008 3:09PM

Originally published on Zentronix This summer could be the worst ever for teens looking for work, according to experts.


Obama, The New Majority, And The Race (Card) Ahead

by Jeff Chang on Jun 5, 2008 9:15AM

Originally published on Zentronix Last night Barack Obama won the Democratic nominati


White Voters, Obama, and The 15% Nation

by Jeff Chang on Apr 23, 2008 8:49AM

Originally published on cantstopwontstop Riffing on this great post from


Locas Rule

by Jeff Chang on Mar 15, 2002 12:00PM

Los Bros Hernandez’ Love and Rockets is back, and the timing has never been better.