Travis Gosa

Dr. Travis L. Gosa is Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Cornell University and faculty associate at Cornell’s Center for the Study of Inequality. He serves on the advisory board of Cornell’s Hip-Hop Collection, the largest archive on early hip-hop culture in the United States. Gosa is an expert on race, new politics, hip-hop culture, and education. He is also the co-editor of The Hip-Hop & Obama Reader, the first hip-hop anthology to center on contemporary politics, activism, and social change, and is finishing his manuscript School of Hard Knocks: Hip-Hop and the Fight for Equal Education  a book that explores how schools fail black students and why hip-hop can help fix education in America.  He can speak about the role of youth voters and race in national politics and the 2016 presidential election.

Travis Gosa

Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Cornell University

Areas of expertise: Race, new politics, hip-hop culture, education, popular culture.

Location: Ithaca, NY

Contact Information:


Twitter: @basedprof

Linda Glaser, Cornell University Writer/Publicist


607-255-8942 (office)

973-650-8172 (cell)

Heard on NPR

Heard on 88.9FM, WEAA Public Radio: “Obama’s Relationship With the Hip-Hop Community.” First Edition with Sean Yoes.

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Last Verified: October 2015

Bakari Kitwana

Bakari Kitwana is the Editorial Director of Rap Sessions: Community Dialogues on Hip-Hop, which conducts townhall meetings across the US on difficult dialogues facing the hip-hop generation, and the Senior Media Fellow at the Harvard Law based Think Tank, The Jamestown Project. Kitwana wrote the bestselling book The Hip-Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African American Culture, which is used as a coursebook in over 100 colleges and universities.

Kitwana was former executive editor of The Source: The magazine of hip-hop music, culture and politics and editorial director of Third World Press. He also taught political science at University of Chicago and was a visiting scholar at Columbia College. Kitwana is the author of the forthcoming book Hip-Hop Activism in the Obama Era set to publish later this fall.

Bakari Kitwana

Editorial Director of Rap Sessions: Community Dialogues on Hip-Hop

Senior Media Fellow at the The Jamestown Project

Areas of Expertise: Hip-hop activism, youth culture and young voter political participation

Location: Cleveland, Ohio

Contact Information:


Twitter: @therealbakari

Phone: 440-779-9893 (Office)

Heard on NPR

Heard on On Point with Tom Ashbrook: Hip-Hop and Politics

Added October 2015

Last Verified: October 2015

Jason King

Jason King is a cultural critic and associate professor of recorded music at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and as of 2014 is one of the curators and hosts of NPR’s 24/7 R&B music stream, “I’ll Take You There.”

A musician and producer himself, King has written about music and culture for publications like Blender, The LA Times, Slate, Vibe, The Village Voice and The Root. He has been a talking head on various documentaries and has appeared as a guest on NPR’s Tell Me More and All Things Considered.

Culture Critic, Associate Professor of Recorded Music at NYU, Host/Curator of NPR’s “I’ll Take You There”

Area of Expertise: Music (R&B, Soul, Hip-Hop, Rock, Jazz), Record Producing, African American Culture, Asian American Culture

Location: New York City

Contact Info:


Twitter: @jasonkingsays, @NPRandB

Heard on NPR: For a full list, click here.

All Things Considered: Beyonce’s New Album is Entertainment’s October Surprise

Oliver Wang

Oliver Wang is a music writer and cultural critic whose work has been published in almost every major hip-hop magazine: The Source, XXL, Vibe, Scratch and others. He has written about race, popular culture and music for Mother Jones, Spin, The Nation and the LA Times.

Wang is a frequent contributor to NPR and KPCC in California and runs the audio blog He teaches sociology at California State University at Long Beach, with a focus on race/ethnicity and social issues.

Music Writer and Cultural Critic, Professor of Sociology, California State University, Long Beach

Areas of Expertise: Music, Sports, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Race & Ethnicity, Hip-Hop

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information:
Phone: (510) 593-3565
Twitter: @soulsidescom

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Tell Me More: Asian-American Artists Break Into Soul Music

All Things Considered: Kanye’s Latest A Deeply Personal Departure


Marc Lamont Hill

Marc Lamont Hill is the Steve Charles professor of media, cities, and solutions at Temple University. He is currently the host of BET news and has appeared on Fox, CNN and MSNBC as a political and cultural commentator. Trained as an anthropologist of education, Hill focuses his research on the intersections between culture, politics, and education in the United States and the Middle East. Ebony Magazine named him one of America’s 100 most influential black leaders.

Hill is the author of several books, including Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy, and the Politics of Identity , Media, Learning, and Sites of Possibility, and The Classroom and the Cell: Conversations on Black Life in America.

Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities, and Solutions at Temple University

Areas of Expertise: African American Politics, Politics & Political Issues, Culture & Cultural Issues, Anthropology, Education, Social Issues, Hip-Hop, Globalization

Location: New York, NY & Philadephia, PA

Contact Info:

Phone: (917) 842-4122
Twitter: @marclamonthill

 **Important note: When you contact Marc, please also email his assistant Shunta Wilborn at

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Tell Me More: Code Switching: Are We All Guilty?

Felicia Pride

At Pride Collaborative, Felicia Pride uses storytelling and multimedia to help clients amplify their organizations’ messages and to create educational materials.

In 2012, Pride developed a media-based educational component for the PBS documentary “Slavery by Another Name” and is in the process of doing the same for the NPR radio show “State of the Re:Union.”

Pride is the author of seven books, including her essay collection, “The Message,” which explores life lessons found in hip-hop music. Her 2012 book, “To Create,” is a compilation of interviews with black storytellers and media personalities.

Pride is a Film Independent screenwriting fellow. She is also the founder of The Create Daily, a curated resource of opportunity for content creators that’s delivered daily via email.

Film Independent Screenwriting Fellow, Founder of The Create Daily

Areas of Expertise: Storytelling, Writing, Hip-Hop, Marketing, Communications, Multimedia 

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:

Twitter: @feliciapride

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Tell Me More: Getting ‘The Message’ from Hip-Hop Lyrics

Added January 2013