New Black Man

Rap Sessions presents a diverse panel of leading hip-hop intellectuals to engage youth and community leaders in candid, compelling conversations about the ways the mainstreaming of hip-hop culture influences relationships between young women and men.

On March 20th, Rap Sessions' interactive community dialogue will convene at Spelman College in collaboration with the Morehouse NAACP at the Cosby Auditorium. The Spelman event is part of a national hip-hop discussion tour that will convene in ten cities across the United States. Panelists include: Mark Anthony Neal (Duke University Black popular culture professor and author of four books including New Black Man); Hip-Hop journalist Joan Morgan (author of the groundbreaking When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: My Life as a Hip-Hop Feminist); rapper Yo-Yo aka Yolanda Whitaker (the Grammy nominated emcee from South Central, who now hosts a radio show on Los Angeles' KDAY) and professor Tracy Sharpley-Whiting (director of African American and Diaspora Studies at Vanderbilt University and author of the recently released Pimps Up, Hos Down: Hip Hop and the New Gender Politics).