Fri10Feb20172:00 pmBarnard Observatory
When the South STILL Got Something to Say: A Conversation about Hip Hop in the South
Regina N. Bradley
Assistant Professor of African American Literature, Armstrong State University
The Center for the Study of Southern Culture will host "When the South STILL Got Something to Say: A Conversation about Hip Hop in the South" on Friday, February 10 at 2pm in Barnard Observatory. Brian Foster, Assistant Professor of Sociology & Southern Studies will introduce the conversation, and then scholar Regina Bradley will talk with writer Kiese Laymon.
Dr. Regina N. Bradley is a writer, scholar, and researcher of African American Life and Culture. She is an alumna Nasir Jones HipHop Fellow (Harvard University, Spring 2016) and an Assistant Professor of African American Literature at Armstrong State University in Savannah, GA.
Her expertise and research interests include hip hop culture, race and the contemporary U.S. South, and sound studies.
Dr. Bradley’s current book-length project, Chronicling Stankonia: OutKast and the Rise of the Hip Hop South (under contract, UNC Press), explores how Atlanta, GA hip hop duo OutKast influences conversations about the Black American South after the Civil Rights Movement.
Kiese Laymon is a black southern writer, born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon attended Millsaps College and Jackson State University before graduating from Oberlin College. He earned an MFA in Fiction from Indiana University and is currently a Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of Mississippi. Laymon is the author of the novel, Long Division and a collection of essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, the UK edition released in 2016. Laymon has written essays, stories and reviews for numerous publications including Esquire, ESPN the Magazine, Colorlines, NPR, LitHub, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, PEN Journal, Oxford American, The Best American Series, Ebony and Guernica.
Brian Foster, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Southern Studies, holds a Bachelor’s degree in African American Studies from the University of Mississippi and a Master’s degree in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently a PhD candidate in sociology, also at the University of North Carolina.