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Dr. Bettina Love

Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award winning author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on the ways in which urban youth negotiate Hip Hop music and culture to form social, cultural, and political identities to create new and sustaining ways of thinking about urban education and Read the full article... More info…

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Home Is Where You’re Fighting To Get At It

An Essay on Music and Memory in Times of Transition

By Aaron Goggans | November 27, 2013

For years Chicago was my city, my center and my muse. Chicago was my on again, off again college sweetheart. Sure, we may have taken breaks over Christmas and Thanksgiving and I might have flirted with New York and Denver but I always knew I’d come home to her. We had gone through too many fights, birthdays, finals, and first dates for me to ever stay anywhere else too long. When I was away, she would send me mix tapes infused with that instantly recognizable Chicago sound. Sometimes, when I was lonely in my childhood home in Colorado I’d play Common or Kanye just so I could hear her voice; that wholesome, familiar sound that always reminded me of going to church.

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Cool Summer

Chance and Tree Make Mixtapes for a Mild Season

By Eric Roberts | September 2, 2013

In June, I moved from my room in Kenwood, close to the lake, to west Hyde Park, on Drexel Avenue.  I share an apartment with my younger brother Alex, 25, who just moved to Chicago from San Antonio.  With the Red Line currently under construction, we get on the Green Line at the 51st Street stop to go downtown.  Though never as convenient as the Red Line or the #6 bus, it’s the route I’ve always taken with out-of-town visitors for a topographical look at the South Side.  Now it’s my regular route to work, and Alex, as he becomes acquainted with the city, gets a bird’s eye view each time he ventures north.  Alex loves hip-hop, like I love hip-hop.  We’re the guys on the train, headphones on, totally in tune with our favorite rappers; you might think we’re talking to you, but really we’re just singing along.  The Green Line is spacious and peaceful, a perfect moving stage for the solipsistic listener-performer.

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