My research is focused on slavery (african) as the beginning of black contemporary expression i.e. Hip Hop culture. Posing the question, ' Was slavery the beginning of Black contemporary expression as we know it today? My intentions is to chronologically mark what I refer to as 'paradigm shifts' in American and Black American culture in order to show the lineage of Hip-hop and how it came into existence as we understand it today. In short, ultimately I will focus on the history of Hip hop dance by way of academic theory, perception and my experience in the field of Hip-hop dance and culture. Currently expanding my research internationally.
linguistics, gesture, african aesthetic, embodied communication, slavery, minstrel era, social dancing, hip hop, oral history, hip hop theory, community education, urban myth
global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)