Southern Wonder Mar 22nd: Philosophy of Pop with Dr. Robin James

Photo of UNCC, Professor, Dr. Robin James, guest on Southern WonderWhat does the music of pop singers like Beyonce, Rihanna, Meghan Trainor, and Lana del Rey have to say about our modern conception of the self? What does it have to say about our relationship to power in society? To explore this, UNCC professor Dr. Robin James looks in part at the sonic structure of the music. It turns out, pop music today has more to say than we thought.

“In general,” she says on her website. “I use the compositional structure and critical (well, and sometimes, uncritical) reception of songs as a lens to focus my philosophical research in gender, race, and politics. Because songs are much smaller and easily comprehendible than social relations, understanding how these songs work helps us better understand how society works.”

Dr. James’s latest book, Resilience and Melancholy, explores how contemporary sonic structure can be used to reinforce and strengthen existing societal power systems despite a surface message to the contrary (resilience) or subvert those power systems by challenging our expectations (melancholy).

…wait, what?

Don’t worry. Wednesday, March 22nd, at 6:00pm on Charlotte Community Radio, my Southern Wonder guest is Dr. James who will walk us through these ideas using examples from songs you’ve probably heard on Top 40 radio. She’ll hold our hands as we wade into a theoretical wonderland, and hopefully we’ll all come away with a new way to look at the kind of music we hear every day.

Until then, check out Dr. James’s Twitter feed and blog. Plus, you can read an interview with her about the ideas she explores in Resilience and Melancholy.

Bring your questions to Mixlr and tune in for another engaging LIVE conversation on Southern Wonder.

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Southern Wonder Mar 8th: The New South with Levine Museum Historian, Dr. Brenda Tindal

In his seminal work on the South, The Mind of the South, W.J. Cash summarized the vices and virtues of the region we call home: “Proud, brave, honorable by its lights, courteous, personally generous, loyal, swift to act, often too swift, but signally effective, sometimes terrible, in its action — such was the South at its best. And such at its best it remains today, despite the great falling away in some of its virtues. Violence, intolerance, aversion and suspicion toward new ideas, an incapacity for analysis, an inclination to act from feeling rather than from thought, an exaggerated individualism and too narrow concept of social responsibility, attachment to fictions and false values, above all too great attachment to racial values and a tendency to justify cruelty and injustice in the name of those values, sentimentality and a lack of realism — these have been its characteristic vices in the past. And, despite changes for the better, they remain its characteristic vices today.”Photo of Historian Dr. Brenda Tindal, Courtesy of Charlotte Post

Where did these characteristics come from? Why is the South such a unique region in the American landscape? Is the Southern identity in danger as America and the world globalize and homogenize? How do we preserve a sense of Southern pride and identity while also grappling with the legacy of profound suffering this region has wrought?

On March 8th, during another LIVE Southern Wonder show airing at 6:00pm on Charlotte Community Radio, Allison Braden tackles these topics with Dr. Brenda Tindal, staff historian at the Levine Museum of the New South. With Dr. Tindal, we’ll explore the history and future of the South and what it means to exist at the intersection of those two today.

In her research, Dr. Tindal has focused on 19th and 20th century U.S. and South African history, visual and material culture, and global social reform movements. She’s also worked on a number of research, archival, and exhibit projects that bring history to a wider audience. Learn more about her in the Charlotte Observer, WFAE, and the Charlotte Post. Follow her on Twitter.

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Southern Wonder Feb 22nd: Hip Hop with Dr. Charles Pinckney

Photo of UNCC Professor of Africana Studies & “academic gangsta,” Dr. Charles PinckneyIn 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.


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Introducing The Underground Experience with DJ Y.O.U.

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Courtesy of With These Handz DJ Academy™

A graduate of the award winning With These Handz DJ Academy™, 18-year-old DJ Y.O.U. has taken Charlotte, North Carolina by storm by winning the 2014 DJ Showcase. Having played every type of event from private parties to public events and clubs, DJ Y.O.U. will use turntables or CDJ’s to make it the place to be.

Josh “DJ Y.O.U.” Ufland has been DJing for three years. He became hooked on the underground music scene when his brother showed him Cinema by Benny Benassi (Skrillex Remix). DJ Y.O.U. has played in Charlotte, Atlanta, Greensboro, and Myrtle Beacha, and he has local Charlotte DJ’s such as Datboy Fletch, Boy Beats World and more as followers. He has been highlighted by the Charlotte TV station FOX Carolina and Urban Times Magazine.

As the youngest DJ to play the Chop Shop Grand Finale, hosted by GFW presents, DJ Y.O.U. can be found at local venues such as L4 Club and Club Label in Charlotte.

About the Underground Experience with DJ Y.O.U.:

Show image for The Underground ExperienceJoin DJ Y.O.U. as he takes you on a musical journey through the underground music scene every Friday night LIVE from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Charlotte Community Radio. Expect to hear the filthiest bass drops from around the world including Christian Dub Step and Indian EDM.

You can follow DJ Y.O.U. on Twitter, Soundcloud, Facebook, and Instagram for upcoming music and new mixes!!!!

The Underground Experience, hosted by DJ Y.O.U., airs every Friday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm via CharlotteCommunityRadio.org, CLTCRadio.org or Mixlr.com/CLTCRadio where you can chat with our hosts and guest alike.

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