Event Title

“Don’t Need No Kin from West Virginia to Have it in Ya”: The Art of Crossing Over

Presenter Information

Anthony Moaton, Oberlin College

Location

Science Center A247

Start Date

10-28-2016 3:30 PM

End Date

10-28-2016 4:50 PM

Abstract

The purpose of this research project is to analyze the relationships among cultural production, audience consumption, and racial essentialism, using the artists Teena Marie, Rissi Palmer, George Michael, Kelis, and Eminem as my case studies. Due to the legacy of “cultural appropriation,” discussions around who can perform what kinds of music based off of their identities are commonplace. I argue that the artists I have chosen have navigated a liminal space around racial identity and performance, and that their chart successes and failures speak to a greater issue around the formation of whiteness vs. the racialized “other” as a binary.

Notes

Session II, Panel 6 - Culture & Place

Major

Performance Studies

Award

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF)

Project Mentor(s)

Matthew Rarey, Art

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Oct 28th, 3:30 PM Oct 28th, 4:50 PM

“Don’t Need No Kin from West Virginia to Have it in Ya”: The Art of Crossing Over

Science Center A247

The purpose of this research project is to analyze the relationships among cultural production, audience consumption, and racial essentialism, using the artists Teena Marie, Rissi Palmer, George Michael, Kelis, and Eminem as my case studies. Due to the legacy of “cultural appropriation,” discussions around who can perform what kinds of music based off of their identities are commonplace. I argue that the artists I have chosen have navigated a liminal space around racial identity and performance, and that their chart successes and failures speak to a greater issue around the formation of whiteness vs. the racialized “other” as a binary.