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Music Journalist Kim Osorio to Keynote Hip Hop Culture Week

October 16, 2008

Delivering the keynote address for Hip Hop Culture Week, music journalist Kim Osorio will speak on "The Truth About Women and Hip Hop" Thursday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in Gannett Auditorium.

Recently named vice president at Global Grind, a Web site dedicated to hip hop, Osorio is the author of the just-published "Straight from the Source: An Expose from the Former Editor of the Hip Hop Bible." Former editor in chief of The Source magazine, Osorio filed suit against the magazine in 2005, alleging alleging sexual harassment, gender discrimination, defamation, retaliatory discharge, and maintaining a hostile work environment.

Other highlights of Hip Hop Culture Week, sponsored by the Hip Hop Alliance, include:

  • a documentary by Byron Hurt that examines the contrasting styles of manhood exhibited by Barack Obama and rapper/mogul Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent;
  • a presentation by Andre Carrington, professor of American Studies, on black womanhood in the 1960s and 1970s pop culture;
  • a panel discussion featuring students and faculty on "Hip Hop: Why Does It Matter?"
  • a hip hop dance and slam poetry contest.

Event Listing for Hip Hop Culture Week 2008

Monday, October 20
Barack and Curtis: Manhood, Power & Respect screening and discussion
7 pm, Bolton 282

Tuesday, October 21
"Utopian Strategies and the Myth of the Superwoman"
A presentation on Black Womanhood in the 1960's and 1970's Pop Culture - from the Starlets to the Stars by andre carrington, Professor of American Studies
5:30 pm, Tisch 302

Wednesday, October 22
"Hip Hop: Why does it matter?"
Panel discussion with faculty, staff and students
7pm, Emerson Auditorium

Thursday, October 23
Keynote Speaker Kim Osorio
Presenting "The Truth About Women and Hip Hop: Straight from the source"
7pm, Gannett Auditorium

Friday, October 24
The "Oh My God" Show with DJ Daddy Mack, Cosign and DJ Mason Dixon
Midnight to 2am
on 91.1 FM and online at http://dj-dadd-mack.tripod.com

Friday, October 24
3rd Annual Hip Hop Non-Stop Until You Drop!!!
(Dance, MC, and Slam poetry performances)
11pm, the SPA

Saturday, October 25
"Swagger Like Us: Clash of the decades" party
11pm, Falstaff's

Co-sponsored by the Offices of Student Diversity Programs, Intercultural Studies, President's Office, Opportunity Programs, First Year Experience, Campus Life, Residential Life, Dean of Faculty, Dean of Special Programs, the Departments of Foreign Language, Management and Business, Women's Studies, Education Studies, and Government, and the Speaker's Bureau, Late Night and the American Studies Club.

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