SGA host Hip Hop Awareness Town Hall Meeting


TUSKEGEE, Alabama (May 3, 2013) — The Student Government Association hosted a Hip Hop Awareness Town Hall Meeting in the university chapel Monday to discuss the impact that hip hop and rap music has on the black community. The forum was moderated by Tiffany Johnson, a senior associate with the Law Offices of Robert Simms Thompson, PC in the City of Tuskegee and the city’s Municipal Court judge.

Tiffany Johnson questions the audience about messages in rap lyrics and videos.
Johnson, who received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Spelman College and her Juris Doctorate from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, spoke on hip hop/rap music and the effect that it had on her all-female college. She said, when she was at Spelman in 1991, they burned the music of Snoop Dogg which appeared to be degrading, not only to women but to the black community. She also spoke about the burning of Nelly’s music for his infamous “Tip Drill” video.

Tuskegee University student David Nixon said, “Music is more open lyrically now than in the past. There is more use of freedom of speech.” Most of the students who attended the forum came to the general consensus that nothing in music is new. Therefore, music is just repeating itself and this generation of artists is willing to push the envelope more than those in the past.

This was the first in a series of discussions that the SGA plans to hold in the 2013-2014 school year.

SGA president Kyle Spencer delivers opening remarks for the forum.

Tiffany Johnson's father explains how he raised her to not listen to certain types of music in her youth.

Article by: Eryk J. Pritchett, Tuskegee University Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing; Photos by: David Nixon, Jr., Tuskegee University Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing

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