Uncommon Naledge is a podcast about Black culture featuring interviews with journalists, scholars and artists, created and hosted by Assistant Professor of Race and Media Jabari M. Evans.
The podcast is produced in partnership with the University of South Carolina's School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
Music for Uncommon Naledge was produced by Michael "Double 0" Aguilar. Uncommon Naledge is produced and edited by Connor Bird.
Episode 8: Dr. James Peterson
This week Jabari speaks with Dr. James Peterson, a scholar, writer, educational consultant, and content creator. dedicated to researching and developing the cultural and educational potential of hip hop, urban, and youth cultures. Dr. Peterson, Is The Author Of Several Books, Including The Hip Hop Underground And African American Culture, Prison Industrial Complex For Beginners, And Hip-Hop Headphones: A Scholar’s Critical Playlist. He Is A Columnist For The Philadelphia Citizen And Has Written For Fortune.Com, Newsweek.Com, The Guardian, The LA Times, Reuters, The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, And The Grio. Dr. Peterson And Dr. Evans Reflect On The Evolution Hip-Hop Scholarship, The Current State Of Hip-Hop As It Reaches Its 50 Year Anniversary And The Impact Of Rap Music On Representations Of Blackness In Media.
Episode 7: Andre Brock
This week, Jabari talked with Dr. Andre Brock, who is an Associate Professor in the School of Literature, Media & Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Brock is one of the preeminent scholars of Black Cyberculture. His work bridges Science and Technology Studies and Critical Discourse Analysis, showing how the communicative affordances of online media align with those of Black communication practices. His scholarship includes published articles on racial representations in video games, black women and weblogs, whiteness, blackness, and digital technoculture, as well as groundbreaking research on Black Twitter. His widely acclaimed book titled *Distributed Blackness: African American Cybercultures* was published in February 2020 by NYU Press, offering insights into understanding Black everyday lives mediated by networked technologies.
Episode 6: Jamilah Lemieux
This week Jabari speaks with Jamilah Lemieux, a renowned cultural critic and writer with a focus on issues of race, gender, and sexuality, Jamilah is a leading millennial feminist thinker and social influencer who has made a name for herself as a thought leader on social media. Lemieux’s written work has been featured via a host of print and digital platforms, including the LA Times, the Nation, Essence, Playboy, the Cut, the Guardian, Colorlines, the Washington Post, Wired, Self, Inverse, Refinery 29, the Columbia Journalism Review, the Nation and the New York Times. She has appeared as a commentator on various news programs for CNN, ABC, CBS, BET, Buzzfeed, MTV2, and MSNBC, as well as Comedy Central's 'The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore' and 'The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,' Vice’s 'Desus and Mero,' TMZ and The Breakfast Club, the popular nationally syndicated morning radio show. Jamiliah discusses Hip-Hop feminism, how she uses social media to push public discourse, and her recent Vanity Fair op-ed on the controversial LGBTQ jokes in Dave Chapelle’s most recent comedy special.
Episode 5: Manie Robinson
This week Jabari talked with author, storyteller, and fellow UofSC SJMC colleague Manie Robinson. Manie joined UofSC's School of Journalism and Mass Communications in Spring 2020 as a Sports Media Instructor. Over the previous 14 years, he served as a sports reporter, columnist, and video producer for The Greenville News and the USA Today Network. Aside from landmark events related to social justice, his work largely examines the collegiate athlete compensation model, player safety issues, and athletic department finances. He also investigated issues of economic disparity, racial disharmony, and gender inequality. Jabari and Manie discuss race in sports, his pathway from journalism into filmmaking, and his first book, "Top of the Hill," which was released in 2018 and recounted the recent resurgence of the Clemson football program.
Episode 4: Jeff Lane
This week, Jabari talks with Dr. Jeffrey Lane, Associate Professor of Communications at Rutgers University's College of Communication and Information. Jeff's research explores communication and technology as it relates to urban life, criminal justice, and social inequalities. He approaches these topics through ethnography in person and online. Lane is the author of The Digital Street (Oxford University Press, 2019), a neighborhood study of social media use in Harlem (NYC). His current streams of research include social media as evidence in criminal court, the role of gender in school discipline, and a visual study of perceptions of Harlem. Jabari and Jeff discuss the practice of ethnography, social media’s disruption of urban communication, and how it mediates racial identity in youth subcultures.
Episode 3: David Dennis Jr.
This week, Jabari talks with David Dennis, Jr. a senior writer at The Undefeated and an American Mosaic Journalism Prize recipient. A journalist, cultural critic, and scholar, David has served as Visiting Professor of Journalism at Morehouse College, has written pieces for The Atlantic, Playboy Washington Post, and is a regular personality on ESPN’s sports debate show “Around the Horn.” His recently released book, The Movement Made Us, explores the life of a prominent civil rights leader—his father. Not so much a memoir but a sharing of stories between father and son, Something to Say details his father's journey leading civil rights efforts in Mississippi for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Jabari and David discuss the Brian Flores class action suit with the NFL, their shared roots in the Blog era of Hip-Hop, and David’s longtime friendship with Steph Curry.
Episode 2: Wesley Stevens
Today, Jabari talks with UofSC SJMC Assistant Professor Dr. Wesley Stevens. Dr. Stevens’ research focuses on the regulation of Black identity on social media. Her recent work examines Instagram and how White social media influencers appropriate Black culture and aesthetics to build their brand and increase their following, rendering Black identity a lucrative commodity. She also looks at how consumer logics become accessible to individuals through digital platforms and is exacerbated by discriminatory algorithms. Jabari and Dr. Stevens discuss her recently completed dissertation, which explores how Black influencers navigate the highly competitive and commercialized field of influencing, a space characterized by hypervisibility and a fraught politics of representation.
Episode 1: Dr. Aymar Jean “AJ” Christian
Dr. Aymar Jean Christian is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. As a scholar, media producer, and social practice artist, he explores the convergence of television, video art, and creative R&D (research and development). Dr. Christian is the founder of OTV, which defines itself as, “a platform for intersectional pilots and series.” He describes intersectionality as a quality that applies to “people who have multiple forms of marginalization.” In this episode, Dr. Christian and Jabari discuss how they first met, why intersectionality in Black representation on television has a long way to go and the importance of creative scholarship and multi-modality in the study of media.