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Off the Shelf: Author Talk with Regina Bradley (“Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of the Hip-Hop South”)
February 25 @ 12:00 pm
“Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of the Hip-Hop South” is a vibrant book that pulses with the beats of a new American South, probing the ways music, literature and film have remixed Southern identities for a post-civil rights generation. This work, author Regina N. Bradley argues, helps define new cultural possibilities for Black Southerners who came of age in the 1980s and 1990s and have used hip-hop culture to buffer themselves from the historical narratives and expectations of the civil rights era.
“Chronicling Stankonia” reflects the ways that culture, race and Southernness intersect in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Although part of Southern hip-hop culture remains attached to the past, Bradley demonstrates how younger Southerners use the music to embrace the possibility of multiple Souths, multiple narratives and multiple points of entry to contemporary Southern Black identity.
Bradley is an alumna Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow at Harvard University and an assistant professor of English and African diaspora studies at Kennesaw State University