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I’ve been teaching a dream class at North Carolina Central University for the past two years called Hip Hop, Music and Politics (it was originally called, It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop: Music and Political Movements – I abbreviated the title this semester for simplicity’s sake). This class is the culmination of my interests as a […]
Backstage footage from The Roots concert I wrote about in my last post: Kicking it w/ ?uestlove (well, kinda). The Roots and Joss Stone perform You Got Me with the ill Kid Cudi reference on verse 3.
I apologize for my absence in what seems like almost a year. Teaching high school english and history, freelance photography, and getting a non-profit up and running is 90-100 hour a week commitment . I am much better with saying “no” and have carved out more time for writing. I’ve had a lot of discussions […]
The Blackademics Hip-Hop curriculum was first introduced at Durham School of the Arts in 2004. Durham’s Hayti Heritage Center was sponsoring its inaugural Hip-Hop and Spoken Word festival, and home-town heroes Language Arts (myself and “dope emcee” Aden Darity) was on the ground facilitating discussions with high school students about Hip-Hop music and culture. The […]
Celebrating our 4th year of Blackademics.org interviews, we’re kicking things off with an exclusive 2-part interview with world-renown ethnomusicologist and emeritus professor, Dr. JH Kwabena Nketia. This is part 2 of that installment. Enjoy!
Welcome, Freedom Prep Students. This is a place where students from the Ole Miss Cohort, Rhodes Cohort, Syracuse Cohort and the Valley Cohort will be able to discuss multiple issues related to Liberation Arts. Posting will begin soon. Some of the first things that we will do will be posting questions. I will keep you […]
Reprinted from WireTapMag.org/ by Kameelah Rasheed On July 16 in Phoenix, Arizona, four boys ages 9 to 14 took turns raping an 8-year-old girl for more than 10 minutes after luring her into a shed with chewing gum. They held her down. They raped her repeatedly as she screamed — “hysterical” screams that prompted an […]
I’ve been gone for a minute, but with good reason. I finally finished my first book! Still planning the launch, but now that the hardest part is done, I can come back to the world. For my first post back on Blackademics, I was going to write about Michael Crabtree, a recent NFL draft-pick who […]
1995 Who remembers the rawness of 1995? This year was dedicated to the grime and dirt of the B side as rappers moved impervious to mainstream tastes. During this year, it was almost a guarantee that you wouldn’t hear “your shit” on the radio unless you were prepared to stay up all night on weekends […]
Also posted at WireTap and KameelahWrites Summary: Instead of magic role models we need long-term education investment. While browsing Ta-Nehisi Coates’s blog at The Atlantic Magazine, I stumbled onto his satirical link “Researchers Shocked That Obama’s Mere Presence Doesn’t Make Negroes Smarter.” After assuming I would be led to an Onion article, I arrived at […]