University of New Orleans: Literature Professor Jacinta Saffold Uses Digital Humanities Projects To Explore Black Peoples’ Influence on Pop Culture

University of New Orleans: Literature Professor Jacinta Saffold Uses Digital Humanities Projects To Explore Black Peoples’ Influence on Pop Culture. “When the coronavirus pandemic forced courses to be delivered online, University of New Orleans African American literature professor Jacinta Saffold created a research project aimed at keeping her students engaged while also conducting original research…. The result was a digital humanities dataset called, ‘The Hype Williams Effect Project,’ a literary compilation that helps document Black people’s influence on contemporary popular culture via the expansive career of hip hop music video director Harold ‘Hype’ Williams.” Professor Saffold is also working on ‘The Essence Book Project’ digital archive.

Teaching Anatomy & Physiology on YouTube: Mrs. Reid, the Science G

I was searching YouTube when I came across a channel called Mrs. Reid, the Science G. From her About page: “Me and my sisters would remix songs when we were younger (waaay before YouTube), so it’s safe to say, I have had years of practice on how to create songs. As a science educator, I get to blend my two loves: music and education and I’m so EXCITED to share this journey with you!!!” I don’t know any of the music she’s redone because I’m old, but I did enjoy a remixed Cardi B called BODY PARTS AND BODY REGIONS; her music tends to focus on Anatomy & Physiology topics. She also has some A&P lectures available. Really good and recommended.

AFP: Cuban hip hop group shoots to world fame via social media

AFP: Cuban hip hop group shoots to world fame via social media. “With no other platform on which to ply their trade, 16-member Cuban dance troupe Datway (a play on That Way) have taken to Facebook and Instagram to display their unique brand of hip hop moves, blended with more traditional, home-grown styles. It has launched them to international fame, even catching the eye of Daddy Yankee, dubbed the King of Reggaeton — a Latin American music style that borrows heavily from hip hop and rap.”

Complex: A Guide to the Rap Social Media Universe

Complex: A Guide to the Rap Social Media Universe. “The internet has its corners for everyone, and we put together a guide to highlight some of the most notable communities. This isn’t a completely uniform roundup, because some platforms are actual DSPs whereas others offer mixed media experiences, but the guide shows how different communities, and different rap subgenres, have their ideal digital spaces.” How can you mention rap Twitter and not mention Ice T (@FINALLEVEL) or Missy Elliott ( @MissyElliott )?

TechCrunch: Facebook launches BARS, a TikTok-like app for creating and sharing raps

TechCrunch: Facebook launches BARS, a TikTok-like app for creating and sharing raps. “Facebook’s internal R&D group, NPE Team, is today launching its next experimental app, called BARS. The app makes it possible for rappers to create and share their raps using professionally created beats, and is the NPE Team’s second launch in the music space following its recent public debut of music video app Collab.”

Introducing theKEEPER: A Digital Archive of Womxn in Hip Hop (Brown University)

Brown University: Introducing theKEEPER: A Digital Archive of Womxn in Hip Hop. “Brown University Postdoctoral Fellow Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo (aka SAMMUS) has been working on theKEEPER: A Digital Archive of Womxn in Hip Hop this summer as part of a team of artists, scholars, and activists led by Akua Naru, a performing artist who was also an artist-in-residence through Brown University’s Center for the Study of Race and Enthinicty in America in Fall 2019.”

Cornell Chronicle: Paniccioli’s vast hip-hop photo archive launches online

Cornell Chronicle: Paniccioli’s vast hip-hop photo archive launches online. “Missy Elliott and Li’l Kim dressed up as anime characters, resting between takes on the set of the ‘Sock It 2 Me’ music video. Biz Markie bouncing off his chair in a dressing room of the Apollo Theater. Doug E. Fresh blowing out candles on his birthday cake that’s decorated to look like a vinyl record, as Sean ‘Puff Daddy’ Combs peers over his shoulder. These and nearly 20,000 similar images can now be viewed online as Cornell University Library launches the Ernie Paniccioli Photo Archive, a digital collection chronicling hip-hop music and culture from the 1980s to the early 2000s.”

Complex: A Toronto Hip-Hop Professor Made a Playlist of Canadian Protest Songs

Complex: A Toronto Hip-Hop Professor Made a Playlist of Canadian Protest Songs. “Even as protests against racial injustice and police brutality continue to rage on across North America this weekend, there are still some who like to claim that systemic racism somehow doesn’t exist north of the border. We don’t have to tell you how idiotic that statement is—just ask Maestro, or the many other Canadian hip-hop artists who’ve been speaking out about these issues in their music over the last three decades. Echoing these sentiments, the North Side Hip Hop Archive—an ever-growing digital collection of Canadian hip-hop history and culture, spearheaded by Mark V. Campbell, a Toronto professor—recently shared an incendiary playlist showcasing tunes of resistance by Canuck artists over the years.”

The Root: DJ D-Nice Breaks the Internet and Rallies A Parade of Stars with Daily, Nine-Hour Coronavirus Quarantine Party

The Root: DJ D-Nice Breaks the Internet and Rallies A Parade of Stars with Daily, Nine-Hour Coronavirus Quarantine Party. “Every night since last Tuesday, the in-demand deejay – and hip-hop veteran – has mastered the art of social distancing and social media with an infectious music party, aptly titled Homeschool: Club Quarantine, via Instagram Live.”

Columbia News: Community Scholar’s Mixtape Museum Is an Ode to Hip-Hop

Columbia News: Community Scholar’s Mixtape Museum Is an Ode to Hip-Hop. “Fifteen years ago, Regan Sommer McCoy looked around at the collection of mixtapes, album cover art and music industry paraphernalia overflowing her boyfriend’s Bronx apartment and thought, ‘This place could be a museum.’ Now, as McCoy finishes her third year as a Columbia Community Scholar, her Mixtape Museum is a reality and she is preparing to join the advisory board of the Universal Hip Hop Museum as a historian when it opens in the Bronx in 2023.”

Google Keyword: Hip-hop dancers show Paris in a new light on Street View

Google Keyword: Hip-hop dancers show Paris in a new light on Street View. “When I see videos of myself dancing, it’s hard to imagine that person was once a shy girl from the outskirts of Paris. Thanks to hip-hop, I’ve found my path, and now I seek to help others do the same by encouraging them to use dance as a vehicle for expression. When Google’s Street View team asked if I’d like to show Paris and its iconic Gare de Lyon train station with the world through the lens of dance, I immediately said yes. “