WORLD PREMIERE: Does Vocabulary Equal Success? A Hip-Hop Investigation

There are a number of ways in which a rapper can be successful; they can sell out shows, they can curate a huge online presence, and they can promote themselves in various other ways. One thing that we tend to forget when listening to these artists is the actual craft of rhyming. Despite the relative ease … Continue reading WORLD PREMIERE: Does Vocabulary Equal Success? A Hip-Hop Investigation

Cypher Sessions Special Report: Who is Professor Adam Bradley?

A hushed horizon of books, speakers, and vinyl are scattered along the walls of the Race and Popular Culture Lab. Figuring out the science of words is something Adam Bradley has done for most of his life. “I was taught at home until high school by my grandmother, a tremendous teacher who introduced me to … Continue reading Cypher Sessions Special Report: Who is Professor Adam Bradley?

How America has become a leader in Mass Incarceration, told thru data visualization maps

Vox has a very interesting article on incarceration rates in the United States with regards to race, drug use, and how the U.S. compares to the rest of the world. It also has maps and graphs showing that the amount of time being served has dramatically increased for murder, while remaining fairly constant for other … Continue reading How America has become a leader in Mass Incarceration, told thru data visualization maps