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A Conversation with Global Hip Hop Artist, Akua Naru

Monday, November 12, 2018 at 4:30pm

Africana Studies and Research Center, Multipurpose Room
310 Triphammer Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

Please join Akua Naru and Professor Oneka LaBennett for an interesting and informative dialogue.

Akua Naru is a Hip Hop artist, producer, activist, and scholar, who theorizes the myriad experiences of Black women through rhyme along a sonic spectrum from Jazz to Soul.  She has released four albums: “...the journey aflame (2011)”, “Live & Aflame Sessions (2012)”, “The Miner’s Canary (2015)”, and “The Blackest Joy (2018)”--three on the label she co-founded, The Urban Era. 

Akua has performed hundreds of shows in more than fifty countries on five continents with her 6 piece band. She has been invited to lecture at Harvard, Oxford, University of Cologne (Germany), and Ahfad University for Women (Sudan), among others. 

Akua Naru is a Nasir Jones Fellow, Hutchins Center for African & African American Studies, Harvard University (2018-19).

Co-sponsors: Hip Hop Collection, Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Society for the Humanities, Department of German Studies, Institute for German Cultural Studies, American Studies, Department of Music, Office of Faculty Development and Diversity and the Rose Goldsen Lecture Series

The conversation with continue with a light reception following the event.


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