Rose’s classic study, Black Noise: Rap Music and and Black Culture in Contemporary America, turned 25 this year—and was also named one of the top books of the 20th century by Black Issues in Higher Education. To mark the occasion, the American Studies Association featured a panel celebrating Rose and Black Noise featuring hip-hop and black cultural scholars. Rose sat down for an interview with Ms. to talk about hip-hop, feminism and the state of popular culture.
Tracy Liu is the Chief Operating Officer of WAYB, a company started by the former CEO of Patagonia that is focused on creating safe, durable and sustainable products for families with young children. Their claim to fame is the Pico car seat, made from aerospace-aluminum—a strong, light and easy on the planet material—and a unique toxin-free technical mesh.
“You know, people, people often ask me why I choose the subjects that I do—and it’s really based on my barometer of anger. If something makes me very angry, that’s what I really want to focus on.”
Sustainability is the crux of Danielle Jezienicki’s corporate career. This is how she made that happen.
“It was almost like they were saying, ‘okay, this is our story, we had a sister and this is similar to what happened to us.'”
Singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer’s 19th album, “The Point of Arrival,” is personal and contemplative—and it’s the kind of inner work that inspires her activism in the world. Deeply influenced by her Quakerism, Newcomer’s music reflects an inclusivity and a call to “lean in toward the light” that offers an inspirational soundtrack for social justice movements.
“She came to slay slavery. She came to remove her friends and family from the most violent system in the United States. She came, and she did it, armed and ready.”
Zainab Salbi, the founder of Women for Women International, has dedicated her life to fighting for women’s rights worldwide. She talked to Ms. after receiving the prestigious Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal about her life’s work and what’s next.
The tremendous power and prestige of conductors and concertmasters provides ample opportunities for abuse. But the abuse can start much earlier, among teachers and young students.
“I figured I would put up five or 10 pages as a supplement and that would be fine. Of course, what I wasn’t aware of is that even by that point in the mid-90s a lot of people were not getting sex ed in school or anywhere else.”