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When: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Where: Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building
Washington D.C., District of Columbia 
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Street Folk: Hip Hop, Car Culture, and Black Life in Houston, Texas, Langston Collin Wilkins, Director, Center for Washington Cultural Traditions

April 24, 2019
12:00 noon  to 1:00
Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building

"Screw" is Houston, Texas' distinctly local form of hip hop music that emerged within the city’s African American community almost thirty years ago. It is inextricably tied to "Slab," a vernacular car culture in which mostly young African American men spend countless hours and much money transforming outmoded American sedans into spectacular automotive art pieces. In his talk, folklorist and ethnomusicologist Wilkins will discuss how "screw" and "slab" combine form a unique local tradition that has affirmed and empowered working class Black Houstonians across several generations.

Langston Collin Wilkins is director of the Center for Washington Cultural Traditions. He earned his PhD in ethnomusicology from Indiana University. In addition, he served as a fellow for the Folklife and Traditional Arts Program of the Houston Arts Alliance and the Houston Museum of African American Culture where he conducted field work and produced public programs that centered on the traditional arts of Houston’s African Diasporic communities.

Presented with the support of the Daniel A.P. Murray Association.

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