Plans for the rest of the summer…

1.) Split Crates Radio on WUVT 90.7fm.

Every Tuesday from 6pm-9pm. You can listen online at www.wuvt.vt.edu. MC Salty Brown is the co-host and I’m the DJ.

For the past month or so, we’ve been traveling to a different locale each week. Tonight we’ll be in Canada. We’ll also be traveling back in time to the pre-Aubrey Graham Canada raps era. Will this be the most polite edition of Split Crates Radio ever? There’s only one way to find out. 

2.) WRITE! So many interesting projects, only so much summer. 

3.) Spend quality time with my Ensoniq ASR-10

Review from the last wedding reception I rocked…

Talk about “making money having fun.” :)

From the bride:

“Look no further! Craig Arthur was a fantastic DJ. He really understood the vibe of our wedding and matched the music within our preferences perfectly. Even after our first meeting, we left with extreme confidence knowing Craig would make our wedding a hit. He kept the dance floor filled, which was our goal for the evening. We loved dancing the night away with Craig in control. We would highly recommend him for any wedding or party!”

The next two weeks…

– 2 radio shows (this week MC Mad Squirrel and I are playing nothing but certified Virginia bangers on Split Crates Radio; http://www.wuvt.vt.edu – Tuesdays 6-9pm)

– 2 professional presentations (both on the same day at the same conference – http://www.mlalibrary.org/Conference-2015)

– DJing one wedding reception (they want classic funk and soul! no Chicken Dance!)

“Can You Kick It?” Bringing Hip Hop Pedagogy to the Library Classroom…

Here are the slides from my presentation at The Innovative Library Classroom (TILC for short) last week (5/12 to be exact). I received a grip of great feedback and look forward to remixing this presentation with my colleague Alyssa Archer at the Metrolina Library Association’s 10th Annual Conference next month (6/11) in Charlotte, NC. Sidenote: I’m beyond geeked that my grad school advisor, the legendary Dr. J.V. Carmichael, is giving the keynote at Metrolina this year.

Any and all feedback is appreciated!

And just like that…

The semester is almost a wrap. Even though we’re just a hop, skip, and a jump from May, there is still a ton of instruction librarian-y stuff be excited about.

For example:

1.) I’m doing a 50 minute presentation on how to use Hip Hop pedagogy to discuss academic integrity at The Innovative Library Classroom here in beautiful Radford, VA on May 12th. I hope to see a lot of my favorite library folks in the place to be.

2.) I have two presentations on deck for Metrolina Library Association’s Annual Conference on June 11th. One session is about Hip Hop pedagogy (I sampled a CL Smooth line for the title) and the other is a co-presentation with the director of RU’s Center for Diversity and one of my instruction librarian colleagues. I checked out Metrolina for the first time last year and had a blast. It’s nice to get back to the Queen City and, more importantly, my graduate school advisor, the legendary Dr. James V. Carmichael, is giving the keynote.

3.) Another colleague and I submitted a presentation proposal for Virginia Library Association’s Annual Conference (October 21-23) just today. CAP CITY!

4.) A journal article I submitted a while ago is at the printer’s.

5.) Just last night, I gave a guest lecture for long-time friend and collaborator Dr. A. Kwame Harrison’s Africana Studies 277: Black Aesthetics class at Virginia Tech. That opportunity on its face was dope enough…but check this out. We met at the WUVT 90.7fm Studios to discuss the important role college/community radio stations have played in promoting Black music. Also some Hip Hop pedagogy because of course.

6.) This weekend, I’m heading to DC with Radford University’s Diversity Awareness Programming Board (DAP for short). The group (~25 students and 3 faculty/staff) plan to visit a grip of museums, Howard University, and as much else as we can fit into the packed schedule. This trip is the second time I’ve “chaperoned” (college students are adults, so that doesn’t seem like the best word choice to me) a student group on a weekend trip this semester.

7.) Oh yea…Split Crates Radio every Tuesday 7-9pm. http://www.wuvt.vt.edu / WUVT 90.7fm if you’re local.

Thanks for reading.