Straight Outta Academia: Hip Hop, Youth and Universities

Queen Nzingha Lecture 29. Get educated or die trying. The “youth” are often conceptualised as a social problem, with Black youth being attached to further demonising stereotypes. Education in institutions and ‘on road’ can and is making a difference but pioneering and innovative youth work initiatives are not being recognised far less duplicated.

Senior Lecturer/Phd candidate Veronica Mason and Senior Lecturer Asha Urbo address some of the issues through their experiences and specialised topic areas; Exploring the meanings and use of Hip-Hop in university and ‘Road Man’ education and The transformative power of literacy with street youth.

They will cover:

  • How pop culture and music can be used to fight stereotypes
  • How young people conceive learning in a ‘cut and paste’ society
  • Life as Black female academics
  • What does it take to support young people in both informal and formal Higher Education ?
  • What issues and complexities are involved ?
  • The Straight Outta Compton/Empire effect
  • Sex and Gender in the staff room and youth club

Queen Nzinga was an African Queen who fought against the European invasion of southern Africa (Congo/Angola). The Queen Nzinga lecture series will feature African female academics / holders of expert knowledge, speaking on topics of their choice on a monthly basis. The Nzinga lecture series will provide a regular platform for women of African descent to highlight important issues in an academic setting. You can view some Queen Nzingha Lectures on our YouTube page.

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