Hip Hop and Social Change in Africa (created, undergraduate): This is a course I created at Howard University in 2015. In 2018, we began to offer the course as a joint offering with the Institute of African Studies at George Washington University. 

Black Women & Popular Culture (created, undergraduate): This course is an examination of the representations of Black (African and African American) women that have dominated popular culture. The course looks at the history of those representations, especially in systems of colonialism and enslavement. These representations have fed tropes about Black women, tropes that have reinforced patriarchal structures, silence around violence against Black women, and domestic policies that negatively impact Black women’s lives. The course also looks at how Black women are creating content to challenge those familiar tropes. The course considers how women create their own representations, which create spaces within patriarchal environments for women to exercise their agency and create counter narratives.

Students in Social Media & Political Change read Feminista Jones’ Reclaiming Our Space

Social Media and Political Change in Africa & the U.S. (undergraduate): In this course students, examine social movements that center around Black lives in both Africa and the United States, through the lens of social media. Students learn how social media and “hashtag activism” has been used by Black activists in Africa and the United States to carry out historic movements for change. These political and revolutionary movements in Africa and the United States are globally connected. This course serves to link the diverse cultural experiences, histories, and perspectives by highlighting the role of social media as a common thread in social movements happening globally, especially movements for Black lives in both Africa and the United States. The course also engaged students in the methods of social and political organizing. Students learn the process of harnessing social media as sites for social and political organizing.

Graduate students in Pan Africanism Past & Present

Pan Africanism Past & Present (graduate): The course examines Pan-Africanism as a cultural and political movement. The course focuses on the height of Pan Africanism on the African continent in the 1950s and 1960s, looking at the classic works by influential Pan Africanist scholars. The course also looks at the legacy of early Pan African struggles and how they have impacted contemporary politics on the continent, as well as the relationship between the continent and its Diaspora.