Academic analysis of hip hop as a movement and a culture April 10

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity, Penn State Greater Allegheny is hosting a Hip Hop Conference from noon to 7 p.m. on April 10 in the Student Community Center dining hall. The conference will feature author and public speaker Felicia Pride and her presentation on ?Life Lessons from Hip Hop?s Greatest Songs.? The conference will focus on hip hop?s unique linguistic, visual and sociological expressions across global communities.

Felicia Pride is an author and public speaker, and her acclaimed book, "The Message: 100 Life Lessons from Hip Hop?s Greatest Songs," has been hailed as "chicken soup for the hip hop soul" and has been used as a tool of engagement by various educational venues around the country.

Felicia speaks on an array of topics including writing, publishing, hip hop, media and literacy. Felicia is the book columnist for The Root and a contributor to Publishers Weekly. She was formerly the book blogger for AOL Black Voices, a Web site that garners more than 3 million monthly visitors, and the managing editor of Mosaic literary magazine. Her writing about hip hop, books, publishing and pop culture has appeared in various publications including VIBE, the Baltimore Sun,, and the Baltimore City Paper. She has a master of arts degree in writing and publishing from Emerson College in Boston, Mass., and currently lives in Baltimore, Md.