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Hip-Hop Symposium Explores Media and Black Athletes
Former NBA Player Jason Williams, Scholars, Journalists Weigh in


Jason Williams, ESPN Sports analyst

WASHINGTON (April 5, 2011) – Howard University will host the fifth annual Hip-Hop and Higher Education Symposium: The Media And the Black Athlete featuring panelist Jason Williams, ESPN Sports analyst and moderator Melyssa Ford, actress and model at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12 in the Armour J. Blackburn Center Ballroom.

The goal of the symposium is to analyze the media’s coverage of today’s Black athletes. Panelists and scholars will explore the influence of hip-hop music on violent behavior, drug abuse, materialism, misogyny, and a “me first” attitude. The event promises to be a power-packed event full of thought provoking dialogue. The panelists include:

Leigh Bodden, a cornerback for New England Patriots.

Doris Corbett, Ph.D., a professor of Sports Sociology at Howard University

Lindsay Czarniak, the lead sports anchor for WRC-TV (NBC4) in Washington, DC.

Michael Eric Dyson, Ph.D., a renowned scholar, cultural critic of race, religion and contemporary issues and professor of Sociology at Georgetown University.

Melyssa Ford, model, actress and philanthropist. She has made several appearances in music videos, movies and television. She feels strongly about the representation of women in television.

Omari Hardwick, an actor who has appeared in the blockbuster movie by producer Tyler Perry, For Colored Girls.

Mike Wise, a sports writer for the Washington Post and a local sports talk radio host.

Jason "Jay" Williams, the 2002 National College Basketball player of the year at Duke University and the NBA number two draft pick in the 2002 by the Chicago Bulls. Williams is currently a college basketball analyst for ESPN.

The Hip-Hop and Higher Education Symposium was founded by Joshua Wright, Ph.D. (’10), in 2006 to serve as a forum for students to discuss issues related to hip-hop culture and the hip-hop generation.  Wright, a former college athlete and DeMatha Catholic High School graduate, is currently teaching a course on sports and race at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

The symposium is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and is free and open to the public. 

 
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