The Electronic Music Lab at Masterman School – An Adventure in Mathetics and Pedagogy

The Re-education of Me Table of Contents What we investigate is linked to who we are The Me nobody knew then Mrs. Jefferson’s “Sympathetic Touch” meets Mrs. Masterman’s Philanthropy Discovering Masterman, discovering myself The electronic music lab at Masterman School The Interactive Journalism Institute for Middle Schoolers and the quest for computing diversity “There are, […]

What Would WEB Du Bois Tell Henry Jenkins and Soulja Boy?

As Henry Jenkins and other scholars have observed, contemporary remix culture has disrupted both hierarchies of taste and capitalist models of cultural production. However, less attention seems to have been paid to the degree to which these emergent models of cultural production reinforce oppressive stereotypes and destructive social norms. This essay muses upon efforts to create socially responsible media in the current environment.

We Just Wanna Be Successful: The Shrinking of the Black American Dream

Consider two songs from two generations. One, Drake’s  “Successful, ” was one of the most popular songs of 2009, making an international rap star out of the unsigned Canadian former child actor. The other, “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now,” was a signature hit for the songwriting producing duo of McFadden and Whitehead. Both employ narratives […]

You can’t go home again

Hi Mommy, It’s been awhile since I’ve written, although you know I’ve been talking to you every day. I have everything else in the world to think about this time of year, but my mind ventures back to 626 Pine Street in Camden – the neighborhood, our lives together there in the early 1960s. How […]

The Good Mother, part 2

Hi Mommy, What was it like for you to be back in New Jersey busting suds and picking crops, after spending those years in Hartford, Connecticut, learning etiquette, elocution and the other skills essential to becoming a proper bourgeoise? No doubt it was a shock, and not just for you. You loved your New Jersey […]

Can VIBE magazine be saved? And should we care?

VIBE magazine, the urban music magazine once hailed as hip-hop’s answer to Rolling Stone, closed its doors June 30, 2009, at a time when the death of Michael Jackson propelled music industry news to the top of the headlines.