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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Southern Wonder Feb 8th: Shakespeare with Professors of English, Jennifer Munroe & Kirk Melnikoff

Image of William ShakespeareIn his preface to the First Folio of Shakespeare’s works, Ben Jonson wrote that Shakespeare is “not of an age, but for all time!” Shakespeare’s works have resonated with generation after generation since they were written in the late sixteenth century. What made his writing so timeless? Why do his works carry such a monumental cultural cachet? Did Shakespeare invent modern English? To be or not to be?

To lend insight into these questions and more, Charlotte Community Radio’s Southern Wonder host Allison Braden will be talking with University of North Carolina Charlotte professors of English Dr. Jennifer Munroe and Dr. Kirk MelnikoffDr. Munroe’s work with Shakespeare has centered around interpretations of gender and ecology, while Dr. Melnikoff’s focus is on publishing history and performance. Each has a unique lens into understanding and engaging with Shakespeare’s work today.

Both Dr. Melnikoff and Dr. Munroe are involved with UNCC’s Shakespeare in Action initiative, which aims “to advance the study and enjoyment of Renaissance/Early Modern drama and culture, particularly through performance, on campus and in the broader Charlotte community.” We’ll hear about the ways that Shakespeare’s impact is continuing to be felt right here in Charlotte.

When you listen with the Mixlr app, you can ask questions so send in your questions while joining us for another engaging LIVE conversation on Southern Wonder, Wednesday, February 8th at 6:00pm EST.

Image for Southern Wonder ShowSouthern 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. Keep up with all things Southern Wonder on Twitter and Facebook

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Southern Wonder Jan 25th: Russia with UNCC Professor, Dr. Steve Sabol

Photo of Dr. Steve SabolThe first Southern Wonder show with Allison Braden is set for Wednesday, January 25th from 6pm to 7pm and the topic of discussion is Russia past and present. Dr. Steve Sabol, a professor of history at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte, will be in-studio for this inaugural show.

Since receiving his Ph.D. from Georgia State University, Dr. Sabol has focused his research on topics in Central Asian and Russian history, the First World War, nationalism and national identity, imperialism and colonialism, and the American West.

Dr. Sabol’s book, Russian Colonization and the Genesis of Kazak National Consciousness was published in 2003 by Palgrave-Macmillan. His new book project compares American colonization of the Sioux and Russian colonization of the Kazakhs; it will be published in February 2017 by the University Press of Colorado. In addition, he is co-editing four books in the “Russia’s Great War and Revolution” series and a co-edited volume with the University of Tennessee Press, North Carolina During the First World War. He is the former editor of two different scholarly journals, Nationalities Papers, and First World War Studies.

Russia is the biggest country by land area in the world, stretching from the Sea of Japan all the way to the Baltic and the border with Finland. It straddles two continents and is home to a diverse multiethnic population. Russia’s history traditionally starts in the year 862 AD. We’re going to take a whirlwind tour of Russia’s history and learn more about why Russia has been back in the headlines lately.

Bring your questions to Mixlr and join us for this inaugural episode of Southern Wonder! You can also follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.

Image for Southern Wonder ShowSouthern 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 guest alike.

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