Dr. Dawn-Elissa Fischer discusses representations of Blackness in global popular culture through an in-depth analysis of Japanese Hip-Hop.
Dr. Yasmiyn Irizarry advocates for us to rethink the race measures that we use to collect data on race and racial identity.
Representations of Blackness in Japanese Hip-Hop
Dr. Dawn-Elissa Fischer Drawing from imagery of an MC battle in Tokyo, Japan, Dr. Dawn-Elissa Fischer explores how Blackness gets performed internationally within popular culture. Dr. Fischer discusses the importance of classic Black literature and literary devices in shaping the linguistic, aesthetic and political elements of contemporary hip-hop. By providing in-depth discourse and visual analyses to a Japanese performance, Dr. Fischer suggests that the hip-hop aesthetic frequently presented across the globe is rooted in African-American English Vernacular and Black literary tradition.
Race: Taking Apart an Outdated Concept
Dr. Yasmyn Irizzary advocates for us to rethink the race measures that we use to collect data on race and racial identity. Dr. Yasmyn Irizzarry discusses the ways that race in America has become outdated. She argues that the measures often used to collect data on race, racial identity, and racial classification have not adapted with America’s changing racial landscape over the past 50 years and fail to capture everyday racialized experiences. By sharing lessons that she has learned through personal experiences and research with elementary school students, she introduces a new concept of race that recognizes it as a fluid social, biological, and sociopolitical construct.
Episode #201 / Length: 27 minutes