In the decades since it was born in the Bronx, hip hop has grown to dominate the American cultural scene. Today, it’s everywhere: advertisements, awards shows, shopping malls, sold out arenas, and the playlists of listeners of all backgrounds all over the world. But hip hop has historically been tied to a specific cultural experience and a distinctive sense of place. Now that hip-hop is a global phenomenon, how has that changed? What is the raison d’etre of rap music? How do our backgrounds inform our interactions with hip-hop music? How did hip hop evolve from DJs spinning breaks on repeat in the late 70s to the global art form it is today?
On Wednesday, February 22nd, at 6:00pm on Charlotte Community Radio during my LIVE Southern Wonder show, I will dive into these questions with UNCC professor of Africana studies and “academic gangsta,” Dr. Charles Pinckney.
Growing up, Dr. Pinckney aspired to play in the NBA, idolizing the Boston Celtics’ Jo Jo White. But in college, his trajectory took a turn and he swapped basketball for academics, ultimately receiving his Ph.D. in psychology from Walden University. Sports remain close to his heart and he is heavily involved with the Center Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).
Dr. Pinckney’s research has focused on global hip hop culture and he’s committed to youth education around this culture. At UNCC, he has taught courses on global hip hop as well as the psychology of the Black experience and an introduction to hip hop culture. He brings a wealth of knowledge that we’ll explore during the show. You can ask questions while listening when using our Mixlr app so tune in for another engaging conversation and keep up with all things Southern Wonder on Twitter and Facebook.
Southern Wonder, hosted by Allison Braden airs LIVE every Wednesday from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, celebrating open-mindedness and the spirit of asking why via CharlotteCommunityRadio.org, CLTCRadio.org or Mixlr.com/CLTCRadio where you can chat with our hosts and guests alike.