My “Gender, Race and Urban Space” course moves this week to postwar Greenwich Village and the experiences of writer Hettie Jones, former wife of poet-activist Amiri Baraka. Her movements away from her suburban Queens home to one of the centers for creative output and radical politics after World War II pose tensions with those of… Continue reading how she became hettie jones
“What’s Going On?” That was an apt question in 1971 when Marvin Gaye released his pivotal album What’s Going On. It’s an apt question now. I am happy to share the video above tomorrow with my students as we turn to the Vietnam War and Counterculture movement. One of them told me today they’d fix… Continue reading mercy mercy me
You know it’s getting getting getting kinda hectic (Snap/The Power for us old skul types) when you are prepping for a new course called “Race and Music in the UK”, your first for your university’s Alabama at Oxford study abroad program, and a pile of books to be considered keeps getting taller and taller. How… Continue reading music and race in the uk
Yesterday students enrolled in my “Bebop to Hip Hop: Music and Young America” class visited Gorgas Library. The library is located here at the University of Alabama. They learned a bit more about sampling, or taking sounds from existing music, in order to create beats. The visit provided a way for them to also become… Continue reading On Beat
One of the neat things about the mix tape and mix tape essay assignment for my “Bebop to Hip Hop: Young America and Music” course is being introduced to music I’d hadn’t heard or paid much attention to before (loved “music is all we got” sentiment expressed in “All We Got” by Chance the Rapper… Continue reading mix tapes and essays graded. well done, students!
This week, the graduate students in my “Gender, Race and Urban Space” course will explore how culture figures into the ways in which oppressed groups survive their difficult moments. We will do as much by watching the ending of the 1964 motion picture “Nothing But a Man,” which features Motown music on its soundtrack; discussing… Continue reading on resistance, records and funky chickens