Dork Nation

You may listen to the session using the buttons below or download from rapidshare. This panel was held at Vanderbilt University and featured: Bakari Kitwana, author of "Hip Hop Generation and Why White Kids Love Hip Hop". Joan Morgan, author of "When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: My life as a Hip Hop Feminist," a former editor at Essence mag, now teaching at Dook (sorry Joan if you read this but you know this is Tar Heel country@ this blog). Tracy Sharpley-Whiting, author of " Pimps Up, Ho's Down: Hip Hop's Hold on Young Black Women" and Vandy professor. Rosa Clemente, activist/Director f R.E.A.C. and Co-founder of National Hip-Hop Political Convention. David Ikard, a UT professor who teaches a course on hip hop culture, and another professor whose name escapes me (I left my notes in the office), she teaches Africana studies and African American history and will be at Vanderbilt next year (Dr Pinkerton?) who had some very interesting "blind items" about the Duke case. So why didn't Oh-prah have any of these people on to talk about rap music during her Oprah Healing Show? Not glam enough? I dunno, I shouldn't talk since I didn't see her program, still, the casting sounded like fake drama, a potential Jerry Springer moment. The session ran two hours (so go get some fish and chips if you're going to listen all at once), began with a discussion on Imus and the Duke lacrosse team, then went to a Q&A. The discussion became quite animated at various times. Only problem with the panel is that nearly everyone speaking and in the audience were in lockstep on most issues, so it was a bit echo chamber-ish, even if everyone brought a different perspective. Please feel free to use the blog to discuss matters.