Kyesha Lachelle Jennings

Lecturer

  • Email: kljenni2@ncsu.edu
  • Phone: 919-515-4121
  • Address:
    Tompkins Hall G129, Box 8105
    NCSU Campus
    Raleigh, NC 27695
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Biography

Kyesha Jennings is an English Lecturer at NC State University where she teaches First Year Writing. Her research focuses on African American Literature and the integration of Hip-Hop and Popular Culture texts. Her co-authored article, “Teaching in the Mix: Turntablism, DJ Aesthetics, and African American Literature” hones in on the aesthetics and sensibilities of hip-hop scholarship by examining how goal-oriented and compositional techniques of DJs was used to design her Survey of African American Literature course. Kyesha is currently completing her PhD at Indiana University of Pennsylvania studying English Literature and Criticism where she focuses on 19th and 20th century Black women writers. In December of 2017 she was featured on NPR’s The State of Things where she reviewed North Carolina’s hip-hop scene in a round table discussion. She recently contributed to the St. James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Culture (2018) and has two upcoming publications, "Girls Who Make Beats: A Conversation on the Disproportionate Representation of Female Producers in Hip-Hop” and “Wake Up Mr. West: Kanye West, The Sunken Place and the Rhetoric of Black Twitter”.  Kyesha is a sought-after speaker and has been an invited guest at Virginia Tech University, UNC Chapel Hill University and A3C Hip-Hop Festival.

Teaching and Research Interests

African American Literature, Black Women Writers, Hip-Hop Studies, Protest Literature, and Digital Rhetoric

Publications

Jennings, Kyesha. “Girls Who Make Beats: A Conversation on the disproportionate representation of female producers in Hip-Hop.” Gender in Music Production.  New York, NY: Routledge, 2019 (Forthcoming).

Jennings, Kyesha. “Wake Up Mr. West: Kanye West, The Sunken Place and the Rhetoric of Black Twitter.” Hashtag Activism: Case Studies of Digital Protests & Online Social Movements, 2019 (Forthcoming).

Jennings, Kyesha. “1520 Sedgwick Avenue.” Thomas Riggs, editor. St. James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Culture. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018.

Jennings, Kyesha. “1989 Boycott.” Thomas Riggs, editor. St. James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Culture. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018.

Jennings, Kyesha. “Campbell, Luther “Luke”.” Thomas Riggs, editor. St. James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Culture. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018.

Jennings, Kyesha. “Dapper Dan.” Thomas Riggs, editor. St. James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Culture. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018.

Jennings, Kyesha and Emery Petchauer. “Teaching in the Mix: Turntabilism, DJ Aesthetics, and African American Literature”. Changing English Journal. 2017.

Jennings, Kyesha. "Overcoming Racial Tension: Using Student's Voices in the Classroom to Create Safe Spaces in the Classroom" Diversity and Inclusion in the College Classroom. Magna Publication. 2016.

Presentations

Conference/Workshop Presentations

2018  Southern Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)

‘No Telephone to Hell’: Horace’s Battle with the Church and Southern Community

2017  NC State FYW Professional Development Series

"Hip-Hop, Rock-n-Roll, and 'The Elephant Love Medley': Teaching Rhetoric and Research through Music     in  English 101"

2017  UNCG Women’s and Gender Studies Annual Research Symposium

“This sh*t is for us”: Black Music and our Personal Guide Towards Joy and Healing”

2017  The Hip-Hop Literacies Conference

“This sh*t is for us”: Black Music and our Personal Guide Towards Joy and Healing”

2017   VCCS New Horizons Conference

Supporting Faculty, Staff and Students of Color on Campus”

2016  The VCCS Diversity, Inclusion and Student Success Conference

“Overcoming Racial Tension: Using Student Voices to Create Safe Spaces in the Classroom”

2016   Conference on College Composition and Communication Convention

“Social Analysis: Using Hip-Hop and Visual Literacy as a Writing Strategy”

2015    Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association

"Using Hip-Hop and Visual Literacy as a Pedagogical Tool for Writing"

2015    Teaching with a Purpose Conference

 “Social Analysis: Using Hip-hop and Visual Literacy as a Writing Strategy”

2015    Albany State Presents: Circling Our Wagons: Stories of Histories and Hip-Hop

 “Hip-Hop Matters: The Disposability of Black Bodies in Hip-Hop”

2015    Danville Community College Tech Expo

 “Using Poll Everywhere to Increase Student Engagement”

2014   English and ESL Peer Group Conference

“Active Learning Strategies: Speed Dating, Socratic Seminars and the Use of Technology”

2014  Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (ACA/PCA)

“Re-emphasizing the Reality: How Reality Television Depicts Hip-Hop Fathers”

2014  College English Association (CEA)

“Limiting Their Horizons: The Church vs. Homosexuality in Kenan's A Visitation of Spirits and Winterson's Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit”

2013   College English Association (CEA)

“Choosing Sides: Hybridity and Racial Identity in Cliff’s No
Telephone to Heaven”

 

Invited Talks/Panels

2018    A3C Festival and Conference/Action Summit

“Women in Activism + Music” *Curator and Moderator of panel

2018    Temples of Lungs and Air, UNC Chapel Hill

“Second Act of Conversation” *Moderator of panel

2018    Langston Hughes Middle School, Reston VA

“Hip-Hop Education”

2018     Digging in the Crates: Hip Hop Studies at Virginia Tech

Gender Roles & Hip Hop

2018     Beauties Who Love the Arts Net Working Brunch

“Curating Advocacy for the Arts”

2018     North Carolina State University Pedagogy Workshop

“Professional Black Girl: Crafting my Unique Teaching Persona”

2018     UNC-Chapel Hill

"Hip-Hop an Agent for Social Change”

2017     NPR: The State of Things with Frank Stasio

NC Resounds: Music Experts Share Local Music Highlights Of 2017

2017    UNC-Chapel Hill

Where is the Silver Lining? A Discussion about Hip-Hop and its Effects on American Society

2017    Durham, NC

The Listening: Jay Z’s 4:44-- A discussion on Black Masculinity, Fidelity and Capitalism

2017    Danville Community College

Lemonade + Black Girl Magic = Beyoncé, Black Feminism and African Diasporic Imagery

2017    Danville Community College

An Introduction to Malcolm X: The Unsung Hero

Education

  • B.A. in Secondary English Education from Lincoln University, 2010
  • M.A. in English and African American Literature from North Carolina A&T University, 2011