2018 NASSS Annual Conference
Sport Soundtrack: Sport, Music, & Culture
Friday, November 2 • 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Can't Stop . . . Won't Stop . . . Hip Hop Culture & Sport

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In 2017, hip-hop music became the most prominent genre in the music industry (Caulfield, 2018). Seemingly to honor this achievement, twelve-time Grammy-award winning rapper Kendrick Lamar was the half-time headliner of the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Game. While this is a recent example, the links between hip-hop and sport are not new. Numerous connections can be made such as the 1980s partnership between Run-DMC/Adidas or more recently Jordan brand’s endorsement deals with hip hop artists such as Drake and DJ Khaled.  However, minimal scholarly attention has addressed the compelling questions of race, gender, sexuality, social class, and age that such intersections between hip hop culture, entertainment, and sport provoke. Thus, this session seeks contributions that will critically examine the intersection of hip-hop culture and sport, especially as contemporary forms of entertainment and cultural expression that are closely linked with issues of race, gender, sexuality, social class, and age.


Charles Crowley

Transition 101: Creating a pathway of Black student excellence in sport education, Olivet College
The purpose of this paper is to discuss the transition and acclimation of undergraduate students of color that attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to graduate school in the field of sport. More specifically we will discuss the pedagogical efforts to prepare... Read More →

Richard Davis

Western Illinois University

Emmett Gill

University of Texas at Austin
Session: LGBTQI and Sporting CultureDisco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park: The Implications for Race, Sexual Orientation and the Future of BaseballDisco Demolition Night was an ill-fated baseball promotion in July of 1979 at Comiskey Park after the first game of White Sox/Twins... Read More →

Jaime Gilmore

Western Illinois University

Algerian Hart

DCCC Chair, Western Illinois University
A Book of Songs & Sexual Assault at the United States Air Force AcademyCollegiate athletic departments are grappling with sexual assaults as stories of student-athlete’s raping unconscious women, gang rapes, and coaches’ ambivalence towards predator’s flood news cycles.  Sexual... Read More →

Tasha Iglesias

California State University Long Beach
Generation Hip Hop: Breakin', Hip Hop Pedagogy and Cultural WealthDescription of Presentation: Most research on Hip Hop Pedagogy and Education is focused on utilizing rap music as a tool to engage and empower underrepresented students. There is a lack of research on how breakin... Read More →

Thomas Oates

University of Iowa
The Blackout: Marketing the Politics of Gender, Race, and SpaceIn the past several decades, the “street,” an amorphous locale typically associated with segregated, black neighborhoods, has become the setting for several different kinds of commercialized narratives. In these accounts... Read More →

Jorion Tucker

The Socioeconomic Impact of Resource Accessibility & Diversity in Adolescent Baseball, Western Illinois University
The purpose of this research is to analyze existing factors that may contribute to the development and pursuit that an adolescent baseball player encounters in order to continue playing at a higher level of competition. This research will explore the socioeconomic influence of urban... Read More →

A. Lamont Williams

Collegiate Colonization: The (C)overt Racism of NCAA 'Amateurism', Florida State University
For decades, institutions of higher education have actively sought out the best athletic talent in the country to create a ‘winning culture’ at their institutions. Historically speaking, institutions of higher education primarily seek out Black athletes at a higher rate because... Read More →


C. Keith Harrison

University of Central Florida

Jeff Porter

University of Michigan

Friday November 2, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm PDT

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