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Chronicling Stankonia--Regina N. Bradley in conversation with Kiese Laymon

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Charis welcomes Regina N. Bradley in conversation with Kiese Laymon for her highly anticipated, Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of the Hip-Hop South. This event is co-sponsored by the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History.

This vibrant book pulses with the beats of a new American South, probing the ways music, literature, and film have remixed southern identities for a post-civil rights generation. For scholar and critic Regina N. Bradley, Outkast's work is the touchstone, a blend of funk, gospel, and hip-hop developed in conjunction with the work of other culture creators--including T.I., Kiese Laymon, and Jesmyn Ward. This work, Bradley argues, helps define new cultural possibilities for Black southerners who came of age in the 1980s and 1990s and have used hip-hop culture to buffer themselves from the historical narratives and expectations of the civil rights era. Andre 3000, Big Boi, and a wider community of creators emerge as founding theoreticians of the hip-hop South, framing a larger question of how the region fits into not only hip-hop culture but also contemporary American society as a whole.

Chronicling Stankonia reflects the ways that culture, race, and southernness intersect in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Although part of southern hip-hop culture remains attached to the past, Bradley demonstrates how younger southerners use the music to embrace the possibility of multiple Souths, multiple narratives, and multiple points of entry to contemporary southern Black identity.

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Regina N. Bradley is an alumna Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow at Harvard University and an assistant professor of English and African diaspora studies at Kennesaw State University. She is the author of Boondock Kollage; Stories from the Hip Hop SouthChronicling Stankonia: The Rise of the Hip-Hop South, and editor of the forthcoming anthology, An Outkast Reader: Essays of Race, Gender, and the Postmodern South

Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, Kiese Laymon, Ottilie Schillig Professor in English and Creative Writing and the University of Mississippi, is the author of the novel Long Divisionthe memoir Heavy, and the essay collection How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America.

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Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of the Hip-Hop South Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781469661964
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: University of North Carolina Press - February 22nd, 2021

This vibrant book pulses with the beats of a new American South, probing the ways music, literature, and film have remixed southern identities for a post-civil rights generation. For scholar and critic Regina N.


Boondock Kollage; Stories from the Hip Hop South (Black Studies and Critical Thinking #102) Cover Image
$56.64
ISBN: 9781433133039
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Published: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publi - April 27th, 2017

Boondock Kollage: Stories from the Hip Hop South is a collection of twelve short stories that addresses issues of race, place, and identity in the post-Civil Rights American South. Using historical, spectral, and hip hop infused fiction, Boondock Kollage critically engages readers to question the intersections of regionalism and black culture in current American society.


Heavy: An American Memoir Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501125669
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Published: Scribner - March 5th, 2019

*Named a Best Book of 2018 by the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, NPR, Broadly, Buzzfeed (Nonfiction), The Undefeated, Library Journal (Biography/Memoirs), The Washington Post (Nonfiction), Southern Living (Southern), Entertainment Weekly, and The New York Times Critics*

In this powerful, provocative, and universally lau


How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982170820
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Published: Scribner - November 10th, 2020

A revised collection with thirteen essays, including six new to this edition and seven from the original edition, by the “star in the American literary firmament, with a voice that is courageous, honest, loving, and singularly beautiful” (NPR).

Brilliant and uncompromising, piercing and funny, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America is essen


Event Summary: 
Charis welcomes Regina N. Bradley in conversation with Kiese Laymon for her highly anticipated, Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of the Hip-Hop South. This event is co-sponsored by the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History.