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Black Scholars in White Spaces: Perspectives on Hip Hop Pedagogy in Higher Education
AuthorLykes, Joseph E.
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This study explored the perspectives of eight Black professors teaching Hip Hop at Predominantly White Institutions in the United States under the assumption that Black professors have a unique position in academia as observers and participants. Applied Africana Studies was used as the theoretical framework for this study. Interviews were conducted to understand participants’ use of Hip Hop Pedagogy. Participants illustrated their content and delivery of Hip Hop Studies and the effects of teaching Hip Hop on student identity. Their responses were categorized into three themes: the status of Hip Hop in society, the integration of Hip Hop in academia, and the participants’ Hip Hop identity. Findings correlate Hip Hop Culture as a subculture of Black American culture to understanding important issues within Black community across time and space. Participants discussed their barriers and contributions as Black scholars who have dedicated a large amount of their career to the understanding of Hip Hop Culture and its importance in academic spaces.