Sunday, February 21, 2016

Highlights from the week ending February 21st

I'm on a social media fast during Lent, so decided for the blog that I would share some highlights for the week.

I was the Black History Month speaker at Northwestern State University. The SGA invited me and about 200 students came to hear me talk about "The Day Beyoncé Turned Black!" I got the title from the hilarious Saturday Night Live skit. I essentially argued that the song and video for Formation is about affiliation, appropriation and affirmation. Had a great time.

My freshman ambassadors, called PODUS, had a great session with upperclass student leaders to get tips about planning their involvement for next year. We have some awesome student leaders and they gave these freshmen leaders wise advice.

In my class (Hip Hop, sex, gender and ethical behavior) we had a chance to discuss Kanye's SNL performance that was choreographed by Derek "Fonzworth Bentley" Watkins. And then we Skyped in with Fonzworth to talk about religion and hip hop. He really gave some good life advice as well- but we got some great insight from someone who helped produce the new Yeezy LP.
And we hosted a forum on the Flint water crisis featuring Lt General Honore. A huge issue that has interdisciplinary implications.
So a lot is always happening at Dillard. One of the highlights this week is Lawrence Ross, author of the new book which is extremely timely- campus racism. People can knock HBCUs all they want, but there are some real issues happening on many college campuses today. We'll get into that on Tuesday night.
The Prez