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In her literary debut Party Crashing, author and political commentator Keli Goff explores the cultural and political divide between black Americans of the civil rights generation and their children and grandchildren, known collectively as the hip-hop generation. Covering a diverse array of issues from hip-hop, to gay marriage, and the growing Independent voter movement among younger black Americans, Party Crashing is an in-depth look at how generational differences are impacting the 2008 presidential election, and future elections. In addition to conversations with young black voters, Party Crashing also includes interviews with high-profile black Americans including: former Secretary of State Colin Powell, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, Rev. Al Sharpton and many others, along with exclusive survey research on the political attitudes of young black Americans.

“Party Crashing affirms the importance of the hip-hop generation as a powerful political force. Hopefully it will serve as a wake-up call to political leaders of all parties.”
—Russell Simmons, Chairman of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network

“Make room soccer moms and NASCAR dads, young black voters have emerged as the new wildcard in American politics. You will not find a better explanation for why and how than Party Crashing. Should be on the nightstand of candidates on either side of the political aisle.”
—Arianna Huffington, co-founder and Editor in Chief of The Huffington Post

“Keli Goff gets it right in this incisive and entertaining book, which comes at a fascinating moment in black political life. Party Crashing will get people talking.”
—Henry Louis Gates, Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University

“Goff proves herself a savvy political analyst, an adept cultural critic and a talented journalist culling from sources as diverse as political polls, Chris rock’s standup comedy and interviews with politicians and ordinary citizens alike.”
—Publishers Weekly

"Race matters, Goff writes in her engaging book full of pop-culture references, but to young blacks who grew up in the world of O.J. Simpson, Michael Jackson and Kobe Bryant, what matters even more is "money, fame, power and who your defense attorney is."
—Washington Post

“Goff examines the growth of the black middle and upper classes and the influence of black culture on broader American culture that has produced a new generation not easily defined…She also brings strong cultural and social analysis….”
—Booklist (starred review)

“Interviews with prominent leaders in politics and popular culture, such as Colin Powell and Russell
Simmons, lend credibility to the work.”
—The Library Journal (which selected PartyCrashing as a “Recommended” book)