Monthly Archives: June 2011

SCL Picks: Hip-Hop!

As Black Music Month comes to a close, we’d be remiss if we didn’t highlight just a few more of the Library’s holdings… check out some of our picks in hip-hop!

Pictured above: Stand and deliver: political activism, leadership, and hip hop culture; Icons of hip hop: an encyclopedia of the movement, music, and culture (Vols. 1 & 2); The black chord: visions of the groove: connections between Afro-beats, rhythm & blues, hip hop, and more; That’s the joint!: the hip-hop studies reader; And it don’t stop!:ย the best American hip-hop journalism of the last 25 years.

Looking for more? How about…

Happy reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

New display at the Stone Center Library!

Come by the library and check out our newly updated display! Featuring recent acquisitions in literature, history, politics, women’s studies, and music. Selections include Young Mandela, Cooking in Other Women’s Kitchens, Terry McMillan’s Getting to Happy, and Jay-Z’s memoir, Decoded.

Read all about it: SCL Picks for LGBT Pride Month

In addition to being Black Music Month, June is also Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. For our first set of recommendations for this week, the Stone Center Library would like to highlight some more of our recent acquisitions related to LGBT studies, reflecting a wide range of approaches – from journalism to queer theory to performance studies. Enjoy!

Thinking Queerly: Race, Sex, Gender, and the Ethics of Identity (2010) David Ross Fryer

“Queer theory and the gay rights movement historically have been in tension, with the former critiquing precisely the identity politics on which the latter relies. Yet neither queer theory, in its predominately poststructuralist form, nor the gay rights movement, with its conservative inclusionary aspirations, has adequately addressed questions of identity or the political struggles against normativity that mark the lives of so many queer people. Taking on issues of race, sex, gender, and what he calls the ethics of identity, Fryer offers a new take on queer theory ‘one rooted in phenomenology rather than poststructuralism’ that seeks to put postnormative thinking at its center. This provocative book gives us a glimpse of what thinking queer can look like in our posthumanist age.”

Post Black: How a New Generation is Redefining African American identity (2010) Ytasha L. Womack; foreword by Derek T. Dingle

“Highlighting certain socioeconomic and cultural trends, this exploration discloses the new dynamics shaping contemporary lives of African Americans. Using information from conversations with mavericks within black communities–such as entrepreneurs, artists, scholars, and activists as well as members of both the working and upper classes–this powerful examination gives voice to what the author has deemed “post black” approaches to business, lifestyles, and religion that are nowhere else reflected as part of black life. The argument states that this new, complex black identity is strikingly different than the images handed down from previous generations and offers new examples of behavior, such as those shown by President Obama, gays and lesbians, young professionals, and black Buddhists. Contending that this new generation feels as unwelcome in traditional churches as in hip-hop clubs, this dynamic provocation dispels myths about current, popular black identity.”

Representations of Homosexuality: Black Liberation Theology and Cultural Criticism (2010) Roger A. Sneed

“This book challenges black religious and cultural critics to rethink theological and ethical approaches to homosexuality. Sneed demonstrates how black liberation theology and has often characterized homosexuality as a problem to be solved, and his work here offers a different way for black religious scholars to approach black homosexuality and religious experiences. Drawing on a range of black gay writers from Essex Hemphill to J.L. King, Sneed identifies black gay men’s literature as a rich source for theological and ethical reflection and points black religious scholarship toward an ethics of openness.”

Bulldaggers, Pansies, and Chocolate Babies: Performance, Race, and Sexuality in the Harlem Renaissance (2010) James F. Wilson

“Bulldaggers, Pansies, and Chocolate Babies shines the spotlight on historically neglected plays and performances that challenged early twentieth-century notions of the stratification of race, gender, class, and sexual orientation. . . Blues-singing lesbians, popularly known as ‘bulldaggers,’ performed bawdy songs; cross-dressing men vied for the top prizes in lavish drag balls; and black and white women flaunted their sexuality in scandalous melodramas and musical revues. . . James F. Wilson has based his rich cultural history on a wide range of documents from the period, including eyewitness accounts, newspaper reports, songs, and play scripts, combining archival research with an analysis grounded in a cultural studies framework that incorporates both queer theory and critical race theory.”


(Excerpts from Syndetic Solution summaries.)

Juneteenth: An introduction & UNC resources

On June 19, 1865 – two years after the Emancipation Proclamation – Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, TX to enforce the previously declared abolition of slavery.

In recognition of this landmark event, Juneteenth was first established as a state holiday in Texas in 1980 and celebrates slavery’s end in the United States. Juneteenth is now celebrated in most states, including North Carolina, and it “celebrates African American freedom and achievement, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures.”

Here at the Stone Center Library, we encourage you to learn more about this holiday, the events surrounding emancipation, and African-American celebrations in general by recommending a few books to get you started:

Interested in learning more? Don’t forget our Guide to the Web, which includes a list of resources on Emancipation and Reconstruction. Happy reading!

ADF @DPAC: June 9-July 23

Established in 1934, the American Dance Festival is “an international magnet for choreographers, dancers, teachers, critics, musicians, and scholars, drawing them together to experiment, explore, learn, collaborate, and create in a supportive environment.”

Housed at Duke University since 1977, this year’s performances will take place June 9-July 23.

Notable among the all-start line-up are two African-American troupes: EVIDENCE and the Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company. This year’s season is also the last for its director of 43 years, Charles Reinhart.

Interested in learning more? Check out this recent article in the News & Observer, or peruse the ADF website for the festival’s history at a glance and an interactive timeline. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Some SCL Picks to celebrate Black Music Month!

Love music? Looking for something new to read? Check out these three fabulous titles newly available here at the library:

“Despite the influence of blues performance and study as a worldwide phenomenon, no comprehensive and fully annotated reference tool currently exists on the genre. This much needed bibliography fills an important gap in the study of the blues and will prove an indispensable resource for librarians and scholars studying African-American culture, American music, and blues.” (Summary by Syndetic Solutions)

“This book explores the two major reasons for hip-hop culture’s proliferation throughout the world: 1) the global centrality of African American popular culture and the transnational pop culture industry of record companies and entertainment conglomerates; and 2) “connective marginalities” that are extant social inequalities forming the foundation for an “underground” network of hip-hop communities. Both of these levels of hip-hop’s global circulation are based in the youth culture’s Africanist aesthetic, which is an extension of previous black artistic expressions such as verbal word play, polyrhythmic dance improvisations, radical juxtapositions of musical structures, and the folkloric trickster figure. Additionally, the text explores computer technology and the internet in this age of information that also serves hip-hop culture’s globalization.” (Summary by Syndetic Solutions)

“This exciting collection looks at linguistic, cultural and economic aspects of hip hop in parallel and showcases a global scope. It engages with questions of code-switching, code-mixing, the minority language/regional dialect vs. standard dynamic, the discourse of political resistance, immigrant ideologies, youth and new language varieties, and will be essential reading for graduates and researchers in sociolonguistics and discourse analysis.” (Description by Continuum Books)


June is Black Music Month, so stayed tuned for more music-related selections available here @the Stone Center Library!