Appendix 39A Overview of Grant Award Letters, Awards and Certificates

Awards Received

2017: Award for Outstanding Service, Department of African Studies and the College of Arts & Sciences, Howard University


Grants Received

2017 Summer Faculty Fellowship ($15,000)

The Faculty Fellowship was awarded by the Office of Research Development  atHoward University. The 2017 Summer Faculty Fellowship is funding my travel to Tanzania and South Africa. This travel will involve gathering more material for the podcast, as well as artist interviews. The travel benefited the furtherance of the work of the podcast, and the department. When I accepted the position in the Department of African Studies I did so with a goal of centering research on hip hop studies in Africa within our department. I plan to apply for additional grant funding to carry out projects that will further this goal.

Academic Faculty Enhancement and Enrichment (AFEE) grant ($5,000)

The AFEE grant was awarded by the Center for African Studies at Howard University. The funding allowed us to implement curriculum changes made to the course Social Media and Political Change in Africa. I requested the course and applied for funding, in partnership with Dr. Lila Ammons of the Afro American Studies Department. We applied for and received funding to bring an activist involved in student organizing at the University of Cape Town in South Africa to our campus. The program was very successful and the guest was able to conduct workshops with students in the course, do guest lectures in other classes, and participate in a well attended even on Black activism in the U.S. and South Africa.

2016 Summer Faculty Fellowship ($10,000)

The Faculty Fellowship was awarded by the Office of Research Development  atHoward University. The 2016 Summer Faculty Fellowship enabled me to have funding to travel to South Africa, where I was able to do a lot of research and writing. The work in South Africa that summer allowed me to include some remaining data into my manuscript. I was also able to use the trip trip to work on a grant application that I submitted to the National Endowment for the the Humanities (NEH).

Grants Applied For


April 2017: National Endowment for the Humanities: Awards for Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

My application requested funding to conduct research for a project on representations of African feminism by female hip hop artists in Africa. The proposed grant would allow me to carry out research on female artists in Ghana and Senegal. This research is part of a larger project, which will result in the publication of a manuscript and a series of mini podcast documentaries on women in hip hop in Africa.