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Hip Hop in the Age of Obama

A conversation with Mark Anthony Neal, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Dr. Sarah J. Jackson,
Prof. Emmett G. Price III and Prof. Murray Forman

Mark Anthony Neal is Professor of Black Popular Culture in the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University, and the author of the following books: What the Music Said: Black Popular Music and Black Public Culture (1998), Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic (2002), Songs in the Keys of Black Life: A Rhythm and Blues Nation (2003) New Black Man: Rethinking Black Masculinity (2005) and the forthcoming Looking for Leroy: (Il)Legible Black Masculinities. Neal is also the co-editor (with Murray Forman) of That’s the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader (2004). The 2nd Edition of That’s The Joint! was published in the Fall of 2011.

Professor Neal is a frequent commentator for National Public Radio and Huffington Post. Neal is also the host of the weekly webcast ‘Left of Black’ and a regular columnist for He was named Hip-Hop Scholar of the Year, Words, Beats and Life Foundation in 2012.

Marc Bamuthi Joseph is one of America’s vital voices in performance, arts education, and artistic curation. In 2007, Bamuthi graced the cover of Smithsonian Magazine after being named one of America’s Top Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences. He is the artistic director of the 7-part HBO documentary “Russell Simmons presents: Brave New Voices” and an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship, which annually recognizes 50 of the country’s “greatest living artists”. He is the 2011 Alpert Award winner in Theater and in April 2012, he was one of 21 artists to be named to the inaugural class of Doris Duke Artists. He currently serves as Director of Performing Arts at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

Sarah J. Jackson’s research and teaching interests revolve around how social and political identities are constructed in the public sphere. In particular, Dr. Jackson studies how race and gender are constructed in national debates around citizenship, inequality, and social movements. Dr. Jackson has appeared in a variety of media outlets including WCVB-Boston (ABC), The Marc Steiner Show, and Bitch magazine. Dr. Jackson’s research has appeared in journals such as The Harvard International Journal of Press Politics and Feminist Media Studies. Her book, “Black Celebrity, Racial Politics, and the Press,” is due out in 2014. Dr. Jackson teaches within the Communications Studies Department in the College of Art, Media and Design. She also serves on the executive committee of Northeastern’s Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program and advises Northeastern’s multicultural student organization NUMIX.

Prof. Emmett G Price, III is one of the nation’s leading experts on African American Music and Culture as well as cutting edge research on bridging the generational divide. He is a noted print and broadcast media expert on African American Music and Culture, The Black Church, Hip Hop Culture and Youth Culture. Dr. Price is Associate Professor of Music.

Prof. Murray Forman studies media and culture with a primary focus on popular music, race, and age. For over twenty years he has engaged in research about hip-hop culture, contributing to the emerging field of hip-hop studies. He is Associate Professor of Media and Screen Studies.

Presented by: Northeastern Center for the Arts, Northeastern Black Student Association and the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute

This event is in conjunction with the Northeastern University performance of  Word Becomes Flesh on Saturday, September 28 at Blackman Auditorium.


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