The Hiphop Archive and Research Institute Welcomes The 2018-2019 Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellows
The Hiphop Archive and Research Institute at Harvard University is pleased to announce the recipients of the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship for the 2018-2019 academic year:
Lakeyta Bonnette-Bailey – Fall 2018
Lakeyta M. Bonnette-Bailey is Associate Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University. As a Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow at the Hiphop Archive Research Institute for Fall 2018, she will work on What's on Your Radio?: Political Rap Music and Racial Attitudes.
Akua Naru – 2018–2019 Academic Year
Akua Naru is an Independent Artist. As a Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow at the Hiphop Archive Research Institute for the 2018-2019 academic year, she will be at work on The Keeper Project.
Giuseppe Pipitone – Spring 2019
Giuseppe Pipitone is an Independent Scholar. As the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow at the Hiphop Archive Research Institute for Spring 2019, he will be at work on How's Life in London.
The 2018-2019 Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellows will join twenty distinguished scholars and artists to form the sixth class of W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellows at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University.
Established in 2013, the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship at the Hiphop Archive and Research Institute at Harvard University is the result of a generous anonymous gift in the name of Nas, the critically acclaimed artist known for his lyrical skill, and social and political analysis. Through his creative skill and commitment, Nas has helped usher in an original form of hiphop debate and analysis that reflects on and represents urban youth angst and conflict as well as intelligence, confidence and ambition. This Fellowship honors his work while supporting the work of others. The Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship provides those selected with a chance to show that “education is real power” by building off of their achievements in an effort to make advancements in hiphop scholarship.
The Hiphop Archive and Research Institute was officially established at Harvard University in 2002, then known as the Hiphop Archive, under the direction of Professor Marcyliena Morgan to support and establish the emerging research and scholarship devoted to the knowledge, art, culture, materials, organizations, movements and institutions developed by those who support and follow hiphop. The Hiphop Archive and Research Institute organizes and develops collections, initiates and participates in research activities, sponsors events, acquires material culture associated with hiphop in the U.S. and throughout the world, and hosts an expanding fellowship program.
The mission of the Hiphop Archive and Research Institute is threefold: to seek projects from scholars and artists that build on the rich and complex hiphop tradition; to respect that tradition through historically grounded and contextualized critical insights; and most importantly, to represent one's creative and/or intellectually rigorous contribution to hiphop and the discourse through personal and academic projects.
The Hutchins Center for African and African American Research supports research on the history and culture of people of African descent the world over and provides a forum for collaboration and the ongoing exchange of ideas. It seeks to stimulate scholarly engagement in African and African American studies both at Harvard and beyond, and to increase public awareness and understanding of this vital field of study. As the preeminent research center in the field, the Hutchins Center sponsors visiting fellows, art exhibitions, publications, research projects, archives, readings, conferences, and new media initiatives that respond to and excite interest in established and emerging channels of inquiry in African and African American research.
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The Hiphop Archive and Research Institute
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