My blog is my space to highlight academic work outside of my formal publications. Posts vary from short essays to album reviews to exemplary student work to small sample-digs that I use as warm-ups for my courses. This blog also contains the burgeoning archive of artist interviews that I am collecting for my dissertation, "Writing in the Break."

Sounding Soul (Food): Blackness, Food, and Place in Southern Hip-Hop

This work was presented at the 2019 MLA panel titled "Southern Foodways: Textual Transactions and Regional Food Writing" I. Introduction: Place/Food/Music as Cultural Objects Black artists from the U.S. South have virtually always perceived food as a particular marker of southern authenticity and blackness. From Ellison’s Invisible Man being comforted by the sweetness of a yam on the streets of Harlem (“I yam what I yam!”) to Kevin Young’s more contemporary “Ode to Grits” (“L

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