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Hiphop Workout Session III - Author Meets The Critics: That's The Joint! 2nd Edition - Participant Bios

Murray Forman

Forman_New.JPGMurray Forman’s main research interests are in the social uses of popular music and the critical analysis of media industries, cultural production, and communication. His work also engages with issues of media and representation in contemporary society, with particular emphasis on images and discourses pertaining to race and ethnicity and issues of youth, elders, and age in society. He is the author of "The 'Hood Comes First: Race, Space, and Place in Rap and Hip-Hop" (Wesleyan University Press, 2002) and Co-editor, with Mark Anthony Neal, of "'That's the Joint!': The Hip-Hop Studies Reader" (Routledge, 2004), as well as authoring numerous articles on youth, race, popular music, television, and film. He is currently completing a book length project titled "One Night on TV is Worth Weeks at the Paramount: Music on Television Before Elvis" (forthcoming, Duke University Press) for which he received a 2003-2004 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. Dr. Forman serves on the Advisory Board of the Archives of African American Music and Culture (Indiana University) as well as serving on editorial advisory boards of several scholarly journals, including "”Critical Studies in Media Communication,” “The Journal of Popular Music Studies," “Music, Sound, and the Moving Image, “Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, and “Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies”.


Mark Anthony Neal
MAN.jpgMark Anthony Neal is the author of five books, What the Music Said: Black Popular Music and Black Public Culture (1998), Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic (2002), Songs in the Keys of Black Life: A Rhythm and Blues Nation (2003) New Black Man: Rethinking Black Masculinity (2005) and the forthcoming Looking for Leroy: (Il)Legible Black Masculinities. Neal is also the co-editor (with Murray Forman) of That's the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader (2nd Edition) will be published in the Fall of 2011. Neal is Professor of Black Popular Culture in the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University. A frequent commentator for National Public Radio Neal is also the host of the weekly webcast 'Left of Black' and a regular columnist for theLoop21.com


Nicole Hodges Persley
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Nicole Hodges Persley is an artist/scholar who is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of Kansas.  She teaches courses on Hip-hop, acting, African American theater, performance theory and improvisation. Her research broadly explores the impact of racial and ethnic identity on performance practices in theatre, television and film. She completed her Ph.D. in American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Her current book project, entitled Sampling and Remixing Blackness in Hip-hop Theater and Performance examines the impact of blackness on the artistic practices of non-African American artists in theater, conceptual art and dance in the United States and England. An actress and director, her works have been featured at The California Hip-hop Theater Festival, The Hudson Theater and Highways Performance Space. Hodges Persley has performance credits in theater, film and television; Her recent solo performance Hip-hop American was named one of  "the best of fringe" shows at the Kansas City Fringe Festival. She has published articles on Jay-Z and Suzan-Lori Parks with forthcoming work on Nikki S. Lee and Tyler Perry.


Vijay Prashad

Vijay Prashad.jpgVijay Prashad is the author of eleven books, most recently, The Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World (The New Press, paperback 2008), which was chosen as the best nonfiction book of 2008 by the Asian American Writers' Workshop and which won the 2009 Muzaffar Ahmad Book Prize. His forthcoming books include The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South (Verso and LeftWord, 2012) and [co-edited with Qalandar Memon and Madiha Tahir] Dispatches from Pakistan (LeftWord, 2011). Prashad writes regularly in the media: as a columnist for Frontline magazine (Chennai, India), a contributing editor for Himal South Asia (Kathmandu, Nepal) and a contributing editor for Naked Punch Asia (Lahore, Pakistan). His web dispatches can be read at Counterpunch (counterpunch.org), at ZNET (zmag.org/znet) and at Pragoti (www.pragoti.org).


Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr.
Ramseypec.jpgSpecializes in African-American and American music, jazz, cultural studies, popular music, film studies, and historiography. He lectures internationally on these topics.  Ramsey is the author of Race Music:  Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip-Hop ( University of California Press, 2003), which was named outstanding book of the year by IASPM (International Association for the Study of Popular Music).  His current project, In Walked Bud: Earl "Bud " Powell and the Modern Jazz Challenge, is a study of jazz pianist Bud Powell and is forthcoming from the University of California Press.   He has also begun a new book on singer/songwriter Curtis Mayfield. Ramsey was a Thurgood Marshall Dissertation Fellow at Dartmouth College in 1993, a DuBois Institute Fellow at Harvard University in 1996, and taught at Tufts University from 1994-1998.  In 2001 he received the Irving Lowens Award for best article from the Society for American Music for "Who Hears Here? Black Music, Critical Bias, and the Musicological Skintrade." He has published in Black Music Research Journal, The Musical Quarterly, Journal of Popular Music Studies, The Black Scholar,  Callaloo, American Music, American Quarterly, Journal of the  American Musicological Society, The New York Times and The  Village Voice.   His band Dr. Guy's MusiQologY has performed for audiences in South America, New York, Australia, the University of Pennsylvania, the Kimmel Center, and in Philadelphia. Ramsey composes and arranges all of MusiQologY's music, Click here for Musiqology blog.


Joycelyn Wilson
Joyelyn Bio.jpgJoycelyn A. Wilson is an educational anthropologist, professor, journalist, and documentary film producer. Her most recent appointment was at Morehouse College as a Scholar of Hip-Hop Studies in the African American Studies program. She is the founder of The Lead Network, Inc., a media production and curriculum programming website and directs and founded its flagship program, The HipHop2020 Curriculum Project (www.hiphop2020.org).  She has produced and moderated one-on-one conversation series with artists such as Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi, Lupe Fiasco, and Clifford "TI" Harris, Jr. She is the lead blogger for the 30 DAYS OF...DAILY DOSE OF REALNESS series (www.dailydoseofrealness.com).  Professor Wilson is an Emmy-nominated documentary film producer. She has collaborated with former UN Ambassador Andrew Young on his Emmy-winning documentary film Andrew Young Presents Walking With Guns. 

This is a documentary that examines the growth and effect of gun violence in the African American community.  She's written for market-leading publications such as XXL, FADER, The SOURCE, and wax poetics. She has contributed commentary to cnn.com, theroot.com, and the BET Networks' My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth About Women in Hip-Hop. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia (Social Foundations of Education); her MA from Pepperdine University (Curriculum & Instruction) and a BS from the University of Georgia (Mathematics).


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