Tuesday, July 19th, 2005

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Wins American Book Award!

Just got word from the Before Columbus Foundation that Can’t Stop Won’t Stop has won an American Book Award!

Here’s the background on the award from the Foundation:

The American Book Awards, established in 1978 by the Before Columbus Foundation, recognize outstanding literary achievement by contemporary American authors, without restriction to race, sex, ethnic background, or genre. The purpose of the awards is to acknowledge the excellence and multicultural diversity of American writing.

I’m not worthy. I really do want to say thanks to all of you for all your love and support. It’s deeply appreciated.

posted by @ 8:19 am | 22 Comments

22 Responses to “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Wins American Book Award!”

  1. EMB says:


    I am so proud of you. Huge congratulations. Your book is the kind that changes lives, and I am so glad that these folks recognized it.

    xoxoxo Elizabeth

  2. Anonymous says:

    Jeff this is amazing. What an incredible moment for you, for hip-hop, for our history. I’m incredibly proud and very happy for you. Your joy is our joy.

    ‘Nuff love,

  3. Soccer Dad says:

    Who is Jeff Chang???? Now you know. Congratulations, we’re totally proud. Enjoy the moment and the accolade.

    Todd, Betty and Maceo.

  4. julianne says:

    YOU SO, SO DESERVE IT. Congratulations and love.

  5. Kristina Rizga says:

    Remember what I said before you went on that book tour?? Congratulations, Jeff!!! We are so happy for you.
    Love, Kristina & Mike

  6. Dan Charnas says:

    Isn’t this the first hip-hop related nonfiction book to win an award, like, ever?

    If so… how fitting.

    Mazel tov!


  7. Anonymous says:

    only ONE award??


  8. Jeff says:

    hey fam, if you need anything from me, ask me now because i’m in a very good mood!

  9. trishes says:

    I’d say it’s well deserved…

    finished reading the book today and I was amazed at how much depth it adds to what written hip hop history (rap attack etc.) was able to do before…

    big up from vienna/austria!

  10. ronnie brown says:

    anything? ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Jeff says:

    quick! i’m losing the mood…

  12. Hashim says:

    Hey Jeff! That’s great!

    What type of hip-hop serum was in the water at that college you went to with Lyrics Born, DJ Shadow, and Gift of Gab? You guys are like rap super-heroes!

  13. Mike Stern says:

    I thought I was going to win this!! I guess you edged me out this year. Damn you JEFF !! I will get my comeupance!!! You’re the shit Jeff, don’t listen to no one when they try to tell you otherwise. ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. Anonymous says:

    congratulations jeff. isht like this gives me hope. respect nuff.


  15. ronnie brown says:

    well, gift certificates from my favorite retail outlets would fit the bill!

    gotta strike while the iron’s hot! lol ๐Ÿ™‚

    again, sho’ nuff respect on your award.

  16. MAN says:


    congrats on the award.

    You, Tricia and Nelson as the only hip-hop books to win a Before Columbus Award? High praise, legendary company.


  17. Leanne says:

    Jeff, congrats and love on behalf of all conscious youth and almost youth at your favorite (we hope!) radio station in New York: WBAI!!!!

    Leanne and Deepa from Wake Up Call

  18. Swifty says:

    Congrats. The book is amazing.

  19. APS says:

    The first of many if there’s any justice in this world. Congrats from Madison, Alexander

  20. The Bishop of Hip Hop says:

    What a G….You should be VERY proud of yourself…I remember when you were like “I’m not sure how people will recieve it”….well my brotha- now you know.


  21. beez says:

    Well deserved. First of many. Peace.

  22. wayne&wax says:

    who got the props?!

    congrats, man.

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