Seminole State Speaker Series and Zora Festival host Dr. Regina Bradley
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Written by: Mark Richardson
Seminole State’s ongoing Speaker Series hosted its second event of the 2020-21 academic year on Wednesday, Jan. 27. In partnership with the 32nd Annual Zora Neale Hurston® Festival of the Arts and Humanities (ZORA!® Festival), the Speaker Series presented a Zoom webinar with Dr. Regina N. Bradley, author of Boondock Kollage: Stories from the Hip Hop South.
Dr. Bradley discussed the cultural significance of hip hop, with emphasis on the Atlanta based hip hop duo OutKast, André "3000" Benjamin and Antwan "Big Boi" Patton, and how they used hip hop starting in the mid-1990s to expand definitions of southern Blackness and their representations of a consistently evolving performance of race, region and identity.
"For me, Hip Hop was an access point for me in understanding what the civil rights south was about. The book is not a biography about OuKast, it’s not a play-by-play of OutKast, so to speak, but more so thinking about how we can theorize OutKast’s body of work to conceptualize an understanding of southern blackness after the southern civil rights movement,” said Bradley. "But ultimately what I think the Hip Hop South represents is there are multiple networks of intersecting southern experiences, multiple impacts on the civil rights movement so the south isn’t monolithic, there’s not one way to be southern.”
The presentation included a Q&A session.
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