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Color Talk in LouWEEZYana: Lil Wayne, Colorism, and Black Men's Perspectives

Event Details

February 28, 2018
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Integrative Learning Center

Room: Comm Hub, 3rd floor

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Mari Castaneda

In the lecture lead by VaNatta S. Ford, an assistant professor of African Studies at Williams College, '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 talk is based on a chapter in her forth coming 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.



The Integrative Learning Center is located in the center of campus, between the campus pond and the Campus Center.