Thursday, April 16, 2009

2009 Hip-hop Conference at CAL-U

If you are in the Pittsburgh area this weekend come check out the CAL-U Hip-hop Conference.

Keynote Panel Friday, April 17th@6PM and will feature scholar Dr. Tricia Rose and acclaimed artists Chuck D, Common, and Ursula Rucker.

Chuck D


Ursula Rucker

Dr. Tricia Rose

I will be speaking in a round table discussion Friday, 3PM entitled, "Strategies to Improve the Black Community in the New Millennium: Teen Pregnancy, Hip-Hop, Health Issues, 'Post Racial America' & the Prison Industrial Complex."

Other panelists will include: Dr. Jefferey Ogbar, Dr. Stefan Bradley, Dr. Derrick McKissick, Dr. Norma Thomas, Dr. Catherine Cusinberry, Dr. Sean Goliday, Dr. Frank Vaught and time Konhaus.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Pittsburgh’s G-20 story: Take an expressway from town and disappear into desolate ‘hoods and encounter the civilization of menace. Pittsburgh, a dual city! The glass wonder of PPG Place and/or the G-20 Summit is a faded memory. Here in the ‘hood lives lie abandoned as far as the eye can see.

That is: For the most part, African-American Pittsburgh seems to be invisible, not only to the public relations hucksters who tout Pittsburgh’s successes, but we are equally invisible to the protesters.

Certainly, black Pittsburgh is as proud as anybody in that the black President we worked so hard to elect has selected Pittsburgh as the host of the G-20 Summit. We even enjoy the re-invention of Pittsburgh from a dirty, smoky steel-churning history to the bright, clean, green financial success that the business leaders and politicians boast about so loudly. Nobody is more proud of the Super Bowl winning African-American coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mike Tomlin. But none of that feel-good stuff erases the pain of the stubbornly high unemployment among African American young adults and the staggering dropout rate for young black males from the public school system.

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