This is Not a Meme

Our discussion about cultural appropriation in class intrigued me.  While the Harlem Shake started the conversation, we soon began considering other internet phenomena that went viral. Turning on the television before class, I saw a new “Gangnam Style” parody featuring Psy for pistachios. Psy was panned by many for his anti-America stance, yet here he was again, months […]

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Information Overload

In 1998, when James Byrd, Jr. was chained to the back of a pickup truck and dragged to his death, the press exploded. The American public was outraged, and rightfully so. His captors and killers, three men between the ages of 23 and 31, and two of the men were known to be associated with […]

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Liberating or Eyebrow-Raising?

After last weeks class, in which we debated whether or not the artists of the late 20th and early 21st century were continuing on a message of empowerment and action found in the Blues, I thought the most recent news involving Erykah Badu were particularly poignant. For those who aren’t familiar with the situation, Badu […]

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