Kola Boof, Senfo Tonkam and The Politics of Pan-Africanism




Known mostly as a forced concubine of Osama bin-Laden Kola Boof is a poet and author who joined us this morning for a discussion of her work and the struggles toward pan-African unity.  Senfo Tonkam was back with us to also discuss these and related issues but also to share his experience as a politically-exiled African from Cameroon (a name he properly defines and challenges).  Dr. Mark Bolden was also in the building this morning for what was a powerful and excited discussion.

In Defense and Appreciation of the Rap Music Mixtape as “National” and “Dissident” Communication


I Mix What I Like! In Defense and Appreciation of the Rap Music Mixtape as “National” and “Dissident” Communication in the International Journal of Communication.

Jared A. Ball
The rap music mixtape is hip hop’s original mass medium. Yet, despite its importance historically and its current relevance within hip hop, the mixtape remains one of the more overlooked aspects of the world’s most popular cultural expression. Similarly, the interdisciplinary approach applied here—seeking to place the mixtape within a broader international anticolonial struggle and also to examine the mixtape as a “national” mass medium developing within a colonized “hip-hop nation,”—is also an underappreciated and potentially fruitful approach to the mixtape and communication as examples that help to expose those colonial relationships. By taking popular, but rarely explored concepts of hip hop as a “nation” and applying theories of internal colonialism, the mixtape’s history and current position assume different meanings.