Episode 30: "Soul Thieves" - A Conversation About Cultural Appropriation w/ Drs. Brown, Te

Cultural Appropriation has been a hot topic in recent years. Debates about cultural appropriation often center around questions related to what it means to appropriate another’s culture and whether we can apply the term to black Americans and other people of color. Today, we tackle this topic from multiple angles by interviewing Bowie State University Professors Dr. Tamara Brown and Dr. Diarra Robertson as well as Dr. David Terry, a professor Morgan State University. We begin by having a discussion about the meaning of cultural appropriation and why it matters (19:25) how it differs from appreciation (21:03), and the role of power in cultural appropriation (25:05). We then spend our time having a conversation about cultural appropriation and the role of white artists in hip-hop (30:35), black representation in the comic book world, and the recent black superhero movement (38:50), and appropriation in popular dance culture (59:27). Ty and Daphne close by reflecting on the interview, further discussing the difference between cultural appropriation and cultural exchange, and the commodification of black artistic expression (1:14:12).

Other Topics Include:

00:30 - Catch up with Ty and Daphne

05:48 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News Segment

12:45 - Introduction of Segment

15:17 - Learn more about the professors

26:49 - Background on Soul Thieves

51:08 - Representation in the Current Superhero Movement

1:06:40 - Stepping in Black Greek Culture


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