bebop · hip hop · music · postwar

Focusing on the late ’60 and 1970s for next iteration of Bebop to Hip Hop course

I can’t believe it, but we’re already advising for fall courses. In addition to “American Civilization to 1865,” I’ll be teaching “Bebop to Hip Hop: Young America and Music” (called “Bebop to Hip Hop: American Music” for space purposes in our course description catalogue). Unlike last semester when I taught the latter, we will home… Continue reading Focusing on the late ’60 and 1970s for next iteration of Bebop to Hip Hop course

cities · detroit · gentrification · hip hop

making “space” in the year ahead

My interest in space, race and power carries over into my ongoing interest in the life of the late jazz guitarist Grant Green as revealed in a documentary on his life. The project, which I have been working on since 1994, premiered last September at the 11th annual Harlem International Film Festival. In the coming… Continue reading making “space” in the year ahead

caribbean · gentrification · hip hop · Latino · maps · migration · slavery · teaching · urban

old book (and a new one) rock

I went to South Florida to see my family and friends for the holiday. My beach pick was a reread of Saidiyah Hartman’s Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route, one of several books I will assign in my “Gender, Race and Urban” Space class for the Spring 2017 semester. I read this wonderful book… Continue reading old book (and a new one) rock