Native American Hip Hop: The Rhymes & Possibilities of NdN Popular Culture

November 04 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Stager 102 Stahr Auditorium

What is Indigenous popular culture in the 21st century?
Dr. Kyle Mays, Assistant Professor in the Department of African American Studies and American Indian Studies Center at UCLA, will address this question.
This talk will discuss contemporary Indigenous popular culture as a form of what decolonial theorist Frantz Fanon called "combat literature." Dr. Mays will also offer a critical commentary on the intersections of Black and Indigenous peoples in popular culture, and speculate on what these relationships might look like going forward.
Dr. Kyle Mays (Saginaw Anishinaabe/Black) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of African American Studies and American Indian Studies Center at UCLA. He is a transdisciplinary scholar and public intellectual of urban history, Indigenous Studies, Afro-Indigenous Studies, and popular culture. He earned his Ph.D. in the Department of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and recently published Hip Hop Beats, Indigenous Rhymes: Modernity and Hip Hop in Indigenous North America (SUNY Press, 2018).
This presentation is sponsored by the Miller Humanities Fund and Bonchek College House.