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Music, Race & Social Justice Visiting Artist Series

Presented by the Metropolitan State University of Denver Department of Music with support from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the CLAS Dean’s Office.

The MSU Denver Department of Music, with support from The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the CLAS Dean’s Office, presents the Visiting Artist Series on Music, Race, & Social Justice. Organized by Dr. Elizabeth McLean Macy, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, this series highlights the work of BIPOC musicians, performers, and scholars.

The 3rd Annual Umoja Conference

concert poster for Umoja Conference with headshots of performers

MSU Denver’s Department of Africana Studies presents
The 3rd Annual Umoja Conference:
“Black Women in/and/of Hip-Hop”
supported by
the Department of Music’s Music, Race, & Social Justice Visiting Artist Series,
the Department of English, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Thursday, October 20, 2022
King Center Concert Hall, on the Auraria Campus
FREE and Open to the Public
8:30am-9pm

featuring:
DJ Bella Scratch

A documentary film screening of
Byron Hurt’s Hip-Hop Beyond Beats and Rhymes (2006), followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Kerrie Joy (poet, singer/songwriter, storyteller, educator, and revolutionary), with Suzi Q. Smith (Artist, Organizer, and Educator), Ru Johnson (Brand Operative and Operative Strategist with Roux Black Consulting), Jelie (Rapper and Producer), &  Zuri Barnes (Music Major, MSU Denver)

A Keynote Fireside Chat with Speaker, Hip-Hop scholar Dr. Joan Morgan (Program Director, Center for Black Visual Culture, NYU/Writer/Scholar/Mom), moderated by Dr. Chereka Dickerson (Assistant Professor of English, MSU Denver)

Nikki Swarn (General Manager and Program Director for Colorado’s The Drop)

TheVoice (Former Emcee, Performer, Writer, Musician Producer, Public Speaker, Teacher, Youth Facilitator/Mentor)

and an evening of performances:

Black Women in/and/of Hip-Hop
curated by Kerrie Joy
featuring Hex Kitten
with Jelie, Binta Zang, Spinks, She Who Wont Be Named, Kerrie Joy, and Rachel Baely

Keynote Speaker
Hip-Hop scholar
Dr. Joan Morgan
Program Director, Center for Black Visual Culture, NYU/Writer/Scholar/Mom

Dr. Joan Morgan headshotDr. Joan Morgan is an award-winning feminist author and a graduate of NYU’s American Studies Ph.D. program. A pioneering hip-hop journalist, Dr. Morgan coined the term “hip-hop feminism” in 1999, when her book was published, the groundbreaking When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost. Her book has been used in college coursework across the country. Regarded internationally as an expert on the topics of hip-hop, the Caribbean, and gender, Dr. Morgan has made numerous television, radio and film appearances — among them HBOMax, Netflix, Lifetime, MTV, BET, VH-1, CNN, WBAI’s The Spin and MSNBC. Dr. Morgan has been a Visiting Instructor at Duke University where she taught The History of Hip-Hop Journalism, a Visiting Research Scholar at Vanderbilt University and Visiting Lecturer at Stanford University’s Institute for the Diversity of the Arts where she was the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Dr. St. Clair Drake Teaching Award for her course The Pleasure Principle: A Post-Hip Hop Search for a Black Feminist Politics of Pleasure. She is the first Visiting Scholar to ever receive the award. She is also a recipient of the 2015 Woodrow Wilson Women’s Studies Dissertation Fellowship, the 2015 Penfield Fellowship, the 2016 American Fellowship Award and a 2020 finalist for the ACLU Emerging Scholars Fellowship.  

Artist Residency with Justice Miles, Choroegrapher/Dancer/Scholar

Justice Miles jumping with swirling pink dress

Artist Residency with Justice Miles, Choroegrapher/Dancer/Scholar
Performance and Talk:
Thursday, April 13, 2023
4:30pm, King Center Concert Hall
FREE and Open To The Public

Justice Miles is an independent choreographer and scholar. With an interest in developing choreographic and scholarly work that explores the in-between spaces of contemporary dance, flamenco, and blackness, Miles received her MFA in Choreography/Dance from the University of New Mexico, her BA in Dance from Colorado College and also received a Costume Design and Wardrobe Technician Certificate from the Fashion Institute of Technology. During her MFA program, Miles had the opportunity to study with various flamenco guest artists from Spain such as: Tacha, Daniel Doña, Adrian Santana, and Agueda Saavedra. Miles has also had the opportunity for additional summer study of dance at Ballet Hispánico’s summer Choreolab program in NYC and at workshops from Javier Latorre, Sara Calero, and Fernando Jiménez at the Albuquerque Flamenco Festival.

Miles’ choreography includes: Floral Tea, a dance film created for the Create Award Art Gym Denver Residency which was also selected to be screened for MODArts Dance Collective’s Move to Change Festival. An excerpt of Floral Tea was performed live at the 5th Bi-annual Collegium for African Diasporan Dance (CADD) Conference at Duke University and the Mile High Dance Festival in Denver. Miles also created the work Ink on Cotton, a dreamlike work exploring African American history featuring contemporary dance and flamenco, and excerpts from Ink on Cotton were performed as an emerging choreographer at Meira Goldberg’s “The Body Questions: Celebrating Flamenco’s Tangled Roots” at the Fashion Institute in New York City. Miles’ work also includes Aceite en Agua: Oil in Water, an excerpt from this work was selected for the American College Dance Festival regional gala in Laramie, Wyoming.

In addition to choreography, Miles has presented dance research. After presenting her dissertation research on Carmen Amaya and Josephine Baker at the international bilingual conference “Indígenas, Africanos, Roma y Europeos: Rítmos Transatlánticos en Música, Canto y Baile” in Veracruz, Mexico, Miles’ article “The Modern Synthesis of Josephine Baker and Carmen Amaya” edited by Raquel Paraíso, Meira Goldberg, Jessica Gottfried, and Antoni Piza, was published by the international journal Música Oral de Sur. Miles presented this article virtually at the International Association of Blacks in Dance Virtual Front Row (moderated by Dr. Meira Goldberg) and the 8th Biennial New Perspectives in Flamenco History and Research Symposium.

Justice Miles Website

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