The Final UniT
for "Word is Bond: AAL & Performance"
Our final unit for studying Word is Bond: African American Language and Performance will focus on black albums. We will examine an entire album from a contemporary Black entertainer, not just a song but an album--- a deliberate collection--- that has had significant impact on Hip Hop as a culture/Black culture (the album does not necessarily have to revolve around rap since we are talking about the CULTURE, not just rap). We have two options here: a) look at a visual album so that you are examining the narrative in its multiple modalities; 2) look at a narrative album so that you are looking at the whole story the album presents and not a collection of disconnected songs/stories that a recording company dictates.
This seems simple enough. BUT… choosing is daunting. Every semester that this class is taught, students will pick a different album so we need to all make sure we do our albums JUSTICE!
Fall 2016 Choices
Lemonade by Beyoncé
Dark Passion Sky by Big Sean
Endless by Frank Ocean
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
It Was Written by Nas
A Seat at the Table by Solange
- Shani Jamila: "Can I Get a Witness: Testimony from a Hip Hop Feminist" (2002)
- Toby S. Jenkins: "A Beautiful Mind: Black Male Intellectual Identity and Hip-Hop Culture" (2011)
- David J. Malebranche: " 'Coming Out' To Cash?: Frank Ocean and Social Progression" (2012)
- Joan Morgan: "strongblackwomen" (1999) (from When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: My Life as a Hip Hop Feminist)
- Marcyliena Morgan: "Hip-Hop Women Shredding the Veil: Race and Class in Popular Feminist Identity" (2005)
- Layli Phillips, Kerri Reddick-Morgan, and Dionne Patricia Stephens:"Oppositional Consciousness within an Oppositional Realm: The Case of Feminism and Womanism in Rap and Hip Hop, 1976-2004" (2005)
- Gwendolyn Pough: "Love Feminism but Where's My Hip Hop: Shaping a Black Feminist Identity" (2002)
- Gwendolyn Pough: "I Bring Wreck to Those Who Disrespect Me Like a Dame: Women, Rap, and the Rhetoric of Wreck" (in Check It While I Wreck It: Black Womanhood, Hip Hop Culture, and the Public Sphere from 2004)
- Gwendolyn Pough: "Hip-Hop is More Than Just Music to Me: The Potential for a Movement in the Culture" (in Check It While I Wreck It: Black Womanhood, Hip Hop Culture, and the Public Sphere from 2004)
- Mark Wilson: Post-Pomo Hip Hop Homos: Hip-Hop Art, Gay Rappers, and Social Change (2007)