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Outkast's Role In Southern African-American Life Examined

Apr 14, 2015

The hip-hop duo Outkast and the group's role in African-American life in the post civil rights movement era are being examined in a forthcoming book, ''Chronicling Stankonia,'' by Dr. Regina Bradley.
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Atlanta is internationally recognized for its symphony orchestra. We are increasingly a destination for the film industry. And of course there is the small matter of a certain carbonated beverage which calls our city home. 

Regina Bradley is a recipient of the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship at Harvard University (Spring 2016) and an incoming assistant professor of African-American Literature at Armstrong State University.
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But any discussion of Atlanta’s cultural exports would be woefully incomplete without talking about hip-hop.

Here on City Lights, we’ve previously discussed entire university courses being taught on the subject of Kanye West, but one professor has her attention focused on one of Atlanta’s own groups: Outkast.

Dr. Regina Bradley is a writer, scholar and researcher of African-American life and culture who has written extensively on the topic of rap music. She is a recipient of the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship at Harvard University, which she will begin in early 2016. WABE’s Myke Johns sat down with Bradley to talk about her work and what she hopes hip-hop can teach us about the African-American experience.