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Ab-Soul / These Days (stream)

Ab-Soul / These Days (stream)

L.A.’s TDE and Black Hippy rapper Ab-Soul has released These Days…, his follow-up to the 2012 album Control System. Soulo has been building anticipation for the album by sharing tracks for months, most of which are featured on the album: “Dub Sac,” “Tree Of Life,” “These Days,” “Closure,” “Stigmata,” and “Hunnid Stacks.” Because the album was leaked in entirety, it appears that Soul Brother…

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Are We Giving Back Enough? Thoughts on Fair Exchange and Academic Public Engagement

Are We Giving Back Enough? Thoughts on Fair Exchange and Academic Public Engagement

Scales-of-justice1Not too long ago I penned a piece for Inside Higher Ed and University of Venus’ Scholars Strike Back Series about the limited discussion around academics and public engagement. My core argument was simply that we need to not only focus on increasing positive public engagement but also combating public engagement that harms the public, which in my opinion also includes our research subjects. There…

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Spoek Mathambo’s ‘Future Sound Of Mzansi’ Documentary

Spoek Mathambo’s ‘Future Sound Of Mzansi’ Documentary

Future Sound Of Mzansi is an upcoming documentary film by Nthato Mokgata aka Spoek Mathambo and filmmaker Lebogang Rasethaba, who spent two years looking at South Africa’s cultural landscape through the lens of its electronic music scene. The project features South African artists likeRuffest, DJ Mujava, Nozinja, Okmalumkoolkat, Zaki Ibrahim, John Wizards, Jumping Back Slash, Mash.O,…

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Upwards Harassment and Teaching in Academia, Part One: Setting The Stage

Upwards Harassment and Teaching in Academia, Part One: Setting The Stage

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Recently, shewhomakesmeaningsclear posted an insightful and thought provoking piece about her experience as a black woman from a highly prestigious university. Building on the academic work of Buchanan and Bruce (2005) and drawing inspiration from the recent conversation piece of Metzger (June 5th, 2014), she highlights the discrimination she experiences when speaking of her educational…

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The Roots Of… Erykah Badu

The Roots Of… Erykah Badu

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Q.U.E.E.N. Erykah Badu agreed to be the newest subject of Okayafrica’s “The Roots Of…” series. Partnered with African Ancestry, Okayafrica had Badu take a DNA test to trace her roots back to the precise region, country, and tribe of her maternal ancestors. Check it out below.

They call you indigo, we call you Africa / Go get baptized in the ocean of The People.

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The Existential Crisis of the Before Submission PhD

The Existential Crisis of the Before Submission PhD

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How a month flies by!

I have been working my fingers off in marking, writing, revising, answering emails from students who think I don’t give enough feedback, emails from students who think I give too much (really?!), preparing a reading list for the course I’m lecturing for next semester… I got my first Era Rank A publication this year based on a chapter of my thesis which is very exciting, and…

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