In April, author of Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of the Hip-Hop South Regina Bradley and Imani Perry, author of May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem (available in paperback October 2021), spoke during one of the sessions for IASPM’s Popular Music Books in Process Series. The series started in June 2020 and “offer writers and scholars with books on all kinds of popular music, whether recently published or still in progress, a chance to connect with a deeply interested community of readers“. Watch below as Regina and Imani discuss Chronicling Stankonia, the freedom derived from southern hiphop and the hard work black women have done within the sub-genre. IASPM’s Popular Music Books in Process Series is going on until July, so feel free to visit this link and see what other sessions they have coming up!
Regina N. Bradley is an alumna Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow at Harvard University and an assistant professor of English and African diaspora studies at Kennesaw State University.
Imani Perry is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American studies at Princeton University.