Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Chuck D and Leonard Pitts to speak April 25

Our fourth event brings together two of the most influential figures in hip hop: Chuck D and Leonard Pitts.

Chuck D is perhaps best known for leading Public Enemy, the controversial rap group that helped solidify hip hop's hold on the national consciousness with bestselling albums like It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988) and Fear of a Black Planet (1990). He is also an author (Fight the Power: Rap, Race, and Reality), entrepreneur (Rapstation), and radio host (Air America Radio's On the Real).

Leonard Pitts is an award-winning, nationally-syndicated columnist for the Miami Herald. Pitts began his journalism career as a pop music critic, but within a few years he had earned his own column to cover culture, race, politics, and other issues in the news. He won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2004 and is the author of Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood.

The panel discussion will be moderated by S. Craig Watkins, associate professor of radio-television-film, sociology, and African American studies at the University of Texas. Watkins is also the author of Hip Hop Matters: Politics, Pop Culture, and the Struggle for the Soul of a Movement.

Join us at the Paramount Theater on Tuesday, Apr. 25 for a spirited discussion on hip hop culture, race, and American society. Individual event tickets are now available.

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