digital humanities · technology

puttin’ it all in our rearview

Last night’s event at Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center was wonderful even with all of the technology hiccups in the digital art installation. The highlight was sharing the playlist mix curated by students enrolled in my “Bebop to Hip Hop: Young America and Music” class. The actual mix, which narrates their own hypothetical road trip and the journeys of actual people figuring into my research on prewar and postwar black migration to Miami, can be heard on Check it out here.

Special thanks to Kalisha Buckhanon for sharing an excerpt from her latest book Solemn, which is set in Mississippi and offers several characters moving through space for a number of reasons. One character in particular wants to escape the troubles of her own life. I won’t give away the plot. Read it.

I took this photo on a road trip from North Carolina this past summer.

The students’ songs are:

The Rearview Mix

Maybe This Will Be My Year – Train

Uranium Rock – The Cramps

Like a Rocket – Reverend Horton Heat

See The World – Gomez

Let it Go – James Bay Phantom Limb – The Shins Summertime Sadness – Lana Del Rey Ghost Rider – Rush

Going to California – Led Zeppelin

Devil’s Pie – D’Angelo

Controlla – Drake

It’s My Life – Bon Jovi Electric Feel – MGMT Let Me Go – Cake

Buffalo Soldier – Bob Marley

Summer Friends – Chance the Rapper

One Love – Bob Marley

Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

Wanna Be Us – Lil Yachty featuring Burnberry Perry

1979 – Smashing Pumpkins

Keep on Singing My Song – Christina Aguilera

No Problem – Chance the Rapper

Alexander Hamilton – Hamilton, The Musical soundtrack

Still Here – Drake

Can’t Stop the Feeling! – Justin Timberlake

Alone in My Home – Jack White

Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

Real Love Baby- Father John Misty

Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

When the Stars Come Out – Chris Stapleton

Take It to the Limit – The Eagles

44 Bars – Logic

Forrest Gump – Frank Ocean


The Migrating Body Mix

Big Rivers – Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two

Maybe – Sick Puppies

I Ain’t Got Nobody – Hattie Ellis

People Make the World Go Around – Marc Dorsey

FourFiveSeconds – Rihanna featuring Kayne West and Paul McCartney

Old Man River – Jim Croce

Love in Vain – Rolling Stones

Mississippi Poor Boy – The Canton Spirituals

Danny Brown – 25 Bucks featuring Purity Ring

Home Sweet Home – Motley Crue

Move On Up – Curtis Mayfield

The Gambler – fun

If I Was President – Wyclef Jean

That Power – Childish Gambino

Girls – The 1975

Straight Outta Compton – N.W.A.

Pursuit of Happiness – Kid Cudi

Blessed – ScHoolboy Q featuring Kendrick Lamar

Runaway – Kanye West

Blackbird – The Beatles

Never Gonna Break My Faith – Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige

Alright – Kendrick Lamar

A Change is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke

Landslide – Dixie Chicks

Mary – Patty Griffin

New York – Jay-Z featuring Alice Keys

Every Teardrop is a Waterfall – Coldplay

Hood Politics – Kendrick Lamar

Amazing Grace – any version

As Crazy As It Is – ZHU x A-Trak x Keznamdi

What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye

Homecoming – Kanye West C.R.E.A.M. – Wu Tang Clan


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