Dr. James Braxton Peterson PHD. is a writer. He is the author of several books, including: The Hip Hop Underground and African American CulturePrison Industrial Complex for Beginners and Hip Hop Headphones: A Scholar's Critical Playlist. Peterson has written for Fortune.com, Newsweek.com, The Guardian, The LA Times, Reuters, and The Daily Beast and The Grio.  He is a media commentator and has appeared on MSNBC, Al-Jazeera, CNN, HLN, Fox News, and other networks as an expert on race, politics, and popular culture.