Color Talk in LouWEEZYana by VaNatta Ford, Ph.D.

Event date/time: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Place: 
ILC Comm Hub

“Color Talk in LouWEEZYana: Lil Wayne, Colorism, and Black Men’s Perspectives in New Orleans,” addresses the practice of colorism in New Orleans and Black men’s interpretations and viewpoints of color references in Lil Wayne’s music. The “WEEZY” in the title refers to one of Lil Wayne’s monikers, “Lil Weezy,” which is a play on the “W” in his name. The talk is based on a chapter in Ford's forthcoming book, Tone DEF: Exploring Colorism in the Rhetoric of Rap Lyrics, which offers a rare perspective into the issue of colorism and rap rhetoric by applying a critical discourse analysis of song lyrics, statistical data documenting usage of color terms in rap music over a nearly 40-year time span, and focus group data to discuss the implications of colorist language in rap music.

Location: 
Integrative Learning Center
650 N Pleasant St
Amherst, MA 01003
United States
Event Date: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Integrative Learning Center 650 N Pleasant St Amherst MA