Online Forum–Bounce Music

Katey Red on stage (Flickr)

October 24, 2022 to October 29, 2022

Black Perspectivesthe award-winning blog of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) is hosting an online forum on the theme “Bounce Music.” Organized by Tejai Beulah Howard, the online forum brings together scholars to contextualize Bounce Music’s history, culture, and ideas that shaped the genre’s expressions. The online forum begins on Monday, October 24th, and concludes on Friday, October 29th. It will feature contributions from Tejai Beulah Howard, Hettie V. Willaims, Matt MillerJ.M. Nimocks, and Lauren Rorie.

During the online forum, Black Perspectives will publish new blog posts every day at 6:00AM EST. Please follow Black Perspectives (@BlkPerspectives) and AAIHS (@AAIHS) on Twitter, like AAIHS on Facebook, or subscribe to our blog for updates. By subscribing to Black Perspectives, each new post will automatically be delivered to your inbox during the week of the roundtable.

About the Organizer

Tejai Beulah Howard, Ph. D. is assistant professor of history and African American religious and ethical studies at Methodist Theological School in Ohio in Delaware, Ohio and a certified spiritual director. Her research interests include Black religious intellectuals, gender and sexuality in U.S. history, African American music, spirituality, and social movements, and race/ethnicity studies. Outside of teaching, she is involved with Freedom Church of the Poor and several professional organizations. Dr. Beulah Howard’s recent writing is featured in the book, We Cry Justice: Reading the Bible with the Poor People’s Campaign (Broadleaf, 2021) edited by Rev. Liz Theoharis, The Other Journal, Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology, and Journal of American Academy of Religion. She is currently at work on a monograph on the role of the black power movement and black evangelical preachers.



About the Participants


Hettie V. Williams is the president of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS). She is an Associate Professor of African American history in the Department of History and Anthropology at Monmouth University. Her latest book publications include Bury My Heart in a Free Land: Black Women Intellectuals in Modern U.S. History (Praeger, 2017) and, with Dr. G. Reginald Daniel, Race and the Obama Phenomenon: The Vision of a More Perfect Multiracial Union (University Press of Mississippi 2014). Her forthcoming books are A Seat at the Table: Black Women Public Intellectuals in U.S. History and Culture (University Press of Mississippi, 2021) and Garden of Opportunity: Black Women and the Civil Rights Movement in New Jersey (Rutgers University, Press, 2021). Follow her on Twitter @DrHettie2017.


Matt Miller earned a PhD in American Studies from Emory University in 2009 and is the author of Bounce: Rap Music and Local Identity in New Orleans (2012).





J.M. Nimocks (they/he) is an interdisciplinary artist and scholar born and raised on the stolen land of the Council of Three Fires comprising the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations also known as Chicago. Currently, they are a first-year doctoral student at Brown University in the Modern Culture and Theory Department. J.M.’s intellectual engagements include aesthetic theory, ontological philosophy, and performance studies scholarship especially pertaining to black cultural productions. Outside of academia, they are an active member of the mainstream ballroom scene and DJ in their free time.




Lauren Rorie is an instructor of history at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. Her teaching examines the way Black artists addressed issues surrounding race, gender, sexuality, and class across the Black Atlantic in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries using; visual art, literature, film, and music. Her research explores: Black intellectual history, Black expressive culture, and Black internationalism. She has contributed to the peer-reviewed, online journal, Black Perspectives, and has an essay on Rosetta Tharpe in Women Who Changed The World: Their Lives, Challenges, and Accomplishments through History edited by Candice Goucher.

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