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Saturday, March 24 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Roundtable: Newark’s Finest: Reflections on Whitney Houston

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Whitney Houston’s engrossing “homegoing” funeral service was a potent reminder of her local New Jersey roots and instantiation in traditional black Baptist gospel ritual, even as the service itself drove home how global, hybrid and ubiquitous her cross-over approach to superstardom had been. This roundtable considers the impact of Whitney Houston on singing, on music styles and formats, and on the business itself; and her contribution to the way we think about race, gender, class, and post-civil rights / post-soul politics.

With: Nelson George, Michael A. Gonzales, Margo Jefferson,
Scott Poulson-Bryant, and Danyel Smith

Moderator: Jason King


Nelson George

Nelson George is a author/filmmaker who documents and celebrates the black experience in America. Nelson has written the critically acclaimed music histories The Death of Rhythm & Blues and Hip Hop America, plus the current music themed novel The Plot Against Hip Hop. He directed... Read More →

Michael A. Gonzales

Michael A. Gonzales has written cover stories for Wax Poetics, Vibe, One More Robot, The London Telegraph, XXL, Stop Smiling and The Source. His essays have been cited in Da Capo Best Music Writing 2008, 2009 and 2010. In addition, he blogs about pop culture @ Blackadelicpop.blogspot.com... Read More →

Margo Jefferson

Margo Jefferson is a cultural critic and the author of On Michael Jackson (Vintage). She was a staff writer for The New York Times for 12 years, and received a Pulitzer Prize in 1995. Her reviews and essays have appeared in Bookforum, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Grand... Read More →

Jason King

(EMP Pop Conference Producer for Clive Davis Institute). Jason King is the Artistic Director of The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, an innovative leadership institute for aspiring young music entrepreneurs at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU - and its founding faculty member... Read More →

Scott Poulson-Bryant

Scott Poulson-Bryant is a doctoral candidate in Harvard’s History of American Civilization program, where he is working on a dissertation analyzing performances of race and gender in 1970s African American musicals. One of the co-founding editors of VIBE magazine, his books include... Read More →
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Danyel Smith

Culture Lead, ESPN
Danyel Smith is culture lead at ESPN’s “The Undefeated.” She is a 2013-14 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, and has served as editor of Billboard, editor-at-large at Time Inc. and as editor-in-chief of VIBE. Danyel is co-founder of HRDCVR, a design-centered... Read More →

Saturday March 24, 2012 2:15pm - 3:45pm EDT
Rosenthal Pavilion, 10th Floor 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

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