ODU reflects on President Obama’s Hip Hop to Presidency for Black History month

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Norfolk, Va.- Old Dominion University has continued to celebrate Black History Month with a keynote address on the new book “The Hip Hop & Obama Reader.”

On February 17, 2016 at the Ted Constant Center, the authors of the book discussed how President Obama’s open embrace of Hip Hop culture has changed politics.

Erik Nielson, Assistant Professor of liberal arts at the University of Richmond and Travis L. Grosa, Assistant Professor of Africana studies at Cornell University, opened  minds and gave future voters of today something to think about.

“Do the types of Hip Hop usage in today’s political campaign really make a positive impact?” was the big question for the night that  really allowed the audience to think and answer back, with many people saying no.

“The book really helped us gesture to the future,” said Gosa. The four month old book has reached new heights in explaining the new found relationship between democracy and pop culture.

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