André 3000 and Ment Nelson: Case Studies in Shared Authority and Public History in Southern Culture

by N. Valerie McLaurin

 At the Source Awards in New York City in 1995, Southern rap duo Outkast took the stage to accept their award for New Artist of the Year (Group). Met with boos from the Northern audience, André 3000, half of the now iconic duo, appeared unphased and informed the crowd that whether or not the greater hip-hop community wanted to accept it: “The South got somethin’ to say.” This prophetic moment from my childhood came to mind when I started thinking more deeply about the definition of public history. Continue reading “André 3000 and Ment Nelson: Case Studies in Shared Authority and Public History in Southern Culture”

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