British History · diaspora · history · music

music and race in the uk

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

higher education · teaching · technology

mix tapes and essays graded. well done, students!

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!

higher education · teaching

on resistance, records and funky chickens

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