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University of Iowa News Release

April 7, 2005

Roundtable To Discuss Hip-Hop Culture April 12

Four prominent pop culture authorities will discuss the politics of hip-hop in a roundtable discussion at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union at the University of Iowa.

The event is part of the university's Hip Hop Week. Admission is free and open to the public.

Participating in the discussion will be Mark Anthony Neal, Raquel Cepeda, Richard Turner and Kembrew McLeod. Neal is a professor in the African-American Studies program at Duke University. He is also the author of "What the Music Said:  Black Popular Music and Black Public Culture," "Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic," "Songs in the Key of Black Life: A Rhythm and Blues Nation" and "New Black Man: Rethinking Black Masculinity."

Cepeda is the editor of "And It Don't Stop: The Best American Hip-Hop Journalism of the Last 25 Years." An award-winning journalist, she has contributed to MTV News, The Village Voice, Source, Vibe, Essence, Jalouse and many other publications. She lives in New York City.

Richard Turner is associate professor of African-American World Studies and Religious Studies at the University of Iowa. He is the author of "Slam" in the African-American Experience.

McLeod, who will also moderate the roundtable, is professor of communication studies at the University of Iowa and an expert on pop culture and pop music. He produced a one-hour documentary about the music industry entitled "Money For Nothing: Behind the Business of Pop Music," and his pop music criticism has appeared in The Village Voice, Rolling Stone and SPIN, as well as SonicNet, VH1.com and MTV.com.

The lecture is sponsored by the University of Iowa Lecture Committee. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the committee at 319-335-3255.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010, tom-snee@uiowa.edu.