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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Tea Time Mar 14th: Jason Jet, Indie Soul Rocker and Music Community Maker

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If you know Jason Jet or if you just see him walk in a room, one can see the glow of creativity surrounding him. Who could have foreseen that this Iceland native, now Charlotte, North Carolina resident would become a musical force whose unique talent would breathe fresh air into the regional and national music scene.

Pick a category in the music world and Jason can check them all: musician, producer, songwriter, vocal and performance coach. But Charlotte is not the only place that Jet has and/or is making a mark. From his college days at Full Sail University,  where he honed his producing skills, to performing with the Florida band Bop Gun band, Jason knows what it takes to be successful on stage and in the production studio.

After a stint on the New York music scene and working with major labels, Jason is back in the Queen City. His sophomore project debuted in 2016. According to Jet, “The Great Escape” is a project centered around the concept of self-realization. Jason is also finding his passion around helping other artists and creating a music community here in Charlotte. Every Monday night from 8:00pm to 10:00pm, Jet can be found leading his Vocal Power class where he teaches performers how to incorporate vocal and performance techniques into their creative tool belts.

Join us March 14th on the next  Tea Time with Tenya as I chat with Jason about all things music and maybe get an on air Vocal Power session LIVE on Charlotte Community Radio.  You can catch Jason in action at UNCC for a free noon concert at the After Hours Lounge (3.14.2017) and then listen to his LIVE chat on Tea Time from 6:30pm to 7:30pm (est).

Image for Tea Teme with TenyaTea Time, hosted by jazz musician Tenya Colemon, airs every other Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm via, or use the Mixlr app where you can chat with our hosts and guests alike.

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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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Nine to Five Mar 7th: How To Revive Your Job Search With Denise Cooper

Photo of Denise CooperDo you ever wonder what goes through an employer’s mind when they think about employees also known as the talent? How do they attract talent? Often times companies that have very high turnover are not the experts when it comes to hiring talent. You will not find hiring experts in companies that have a strong reputation in their community and industry either. Why? Simply because they just don’t hire that often. This may leave you stuck in an endless cycle of being overlooked for positions that would be a perfect fit or worse hired for a position that you are bound to hate. Putting yourself in the shoes of an employer may be exactly what you need to do to revive your job search.

Tuesday, March 7th on Nine to Five airing LIVE on Charlotte Community Radio at 6:45pm my guest will be Denise Cooper, CEO/Founder for Remarkable Leadership Lessons. Her breadth of experience includes working with retail executives at the Gap, Budget Rent A Car, Peoples Gas in Chicago, various pharmaceutical and manufacturing divisions at Monsanto, non-profits like the North Carolina Kidney Foundation, and the Charlotte Housing Authority, unions, and now as a business owner.

Now she’s going after transforming the workplace. Her goal is to get managers to buy in on creating workplaces where everyone wins. People get the right jobs, know how to grow their careers so they can take care of their families and know success. She wants managers to understand how to organize work so every employee is working to serve customers. She believes if everyone understands how the selection process really works then everybody wins. People understand how to take control of their career and employers understand what it takes to meet the demands of the business.

Nine to Five Show DesignNine to Five, hosted by Doneisha Wilson, airs LIVE every other Tuesday from 6:45 pm to 7:45 pm via CharlotteCommunity, OR use the Mixlr app where you can listen and chat with our hosts and guests alike. It’s time to take your job search to the next level.

Nine to Five ~ Doneisha Wilson