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Our Guests Were:
1.) Well Known Hip Hop Scholar, Author And Activist Yvonne Bynoe
Yvonne Bynoe is a Senior Fellow at the Future Focus 2020 Center, a part of the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University. As an author and lecturer, her work combines the relevant issues of politics, culture and economics within the context of American popular culture. Bynoe has been called one of the most important voices of her generation. Famed scholar Manning Marable called Bynoe, "one of Hip Hop Culture's most insightful observers." Duke University professor Mark Anthony Neal, author of several books on popular culture including, That's The Joint: Hip Hop Studies Reader, said that Bynoe is a member of "the Hip Hop intelligentsia." Cultural critic Stanley Crouch says, "Bynoe earns a place as a Thomas Paine in the movement against female degradation."
Bynoe is nationally recognized as an expert on the intersection between popular culture and politics. She is the author of the book Stand and Deliver: Political Activism, Leadership and Hip Hop Culture (Soft Skull Press, 2004), which is used in college courses across the country. Her second book, The Encyclopedia of Rap and Hip Hop Culture (Greenwood Press), published in December, 2005, holds the distinction of being a 2005-2006 College & Research Libraries Selected Reference Work (see more comments).
Her writings have been included in university curricula across the country.
Born and raised in Flint, MI, this exceptional emcee has been killing instrumentals since his 1st semester @ Washington University in St. Louis, where he decided to put down the poetry pen and pad, to perform is lyrical pieces. After successfully garnering attention through MP3.com by being selected to their "Best Of Spring" compilation in 2001 as well as numerous weeks @ ..1 amongst the likes of Eminem, Snoop Dog, and Dr. Dre, he self-released his demo through MP3.com, entitled "Double U Double Oh", which is W-O-O, spelled out. The demo spent many months in the top 10 sellers list for Hip Hop on MP3.com before it officially closed and changed owners, disallowing unsigned artist to promote through the site.
Around that time Woo began preparing what he'd hope would be his first major release and was picked up by Angel Magic Music, an indy label out of Madision, WI. The album, "Bridge The Gap", received critical acclaim around the internet, and Woo Child toured around Madison, Detroit, and St. Louis promoting the album.
Moving on from Angel Magic Music, Woo signed with new manager, Derrick Chatman, out of Macon, GA, and began workin on a new project titled, "Under Rated Over Achiever", and toured through out middle Georgia promoting its coming. During the recording process, Woo found a fan in And 1 Streetball legend Sik Wit It, and traveled to Kansas City to kick it with the team, and received a drop for the album from Sik Wit It himself.
Woo Child has continued to make music, continued to satisfy his ever growing fan base with random releases of tracks and a mixtape that recorded over 3,000 downloads of the ENTIRE CD entitled, "Woo Child presents:Industry Takeover" (click here to download). He later released a critically acclaimed song entitled "Guilty" for the Katrina victims.
3.) Author Extraordinaire, Entrepreneur And Enamored With The Culture Of Hip Hop Shamontiel L. Vaughn a.k.a. Maroon Sista
Growing up is hard enough, but when six completely opposite people meet to argue, cry, laugh, pledge, fight, and hang together on a Historically Black College campus, a bond is formed. Seleste is a college junior with her own place, no boyfriend, and determined to hold on to her virginity. Her best friend, Cara, is a college junior who lives in the dorms, has an on-again off-again boyfriend, Arnez, and thinks sex is the answer to all her problems. Travis, nicknamed Memo, is a troubled senior from New York who came to Chicago, running from his fathers past as a crooked cop. Jermaine wants to join a fraternity and O wants to get rid of the Super Senior trait hes earned. Change for a Twenty is a fiction novel set in Chicago about six college friends, two nemeses, and the path to adulthood.
Check out Shamontiel L. Vaughn's previous radio interview: Part 1 and Part 2.
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