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BRINGING FRESH AND AUTHENTIC PERSPECTIVE TO
Kyesha Jennings is an award-winning hip-hop scholar who has worked in academic and non-academic spaces as a lecturer, speaker, writer, editor, curator, project manager, and content creator. She is skilled in content writing, marketing strategies, creative direction, video production, and social media management.
Content Creator. Freelance Music & Culture Journalist.
A multi-hyphenate creative
Professionally, Kyesha Jennings has successfully navigated both academic and nonacademic spaces whether as a writer, editor, content creator, or social media manager. At the core of all that she has accomplished, she is a passionate storyteller who is passionate about creating engaging content.
As a hip-hop scholar and academic, Kyesha has 11 years of experience working in a collegiate setting teaching first-year writing and a variety of literature courses. Her academic research focuses on Black literature and culture in general, but more specifically engages Black women writers, hip-hop studies, hip-hop feminism, and digital media. Her dissertation research is titled "There’s a Lil Ratchetness in Us All: Black Women’s Use of Multiple Mediums to Depict Black Womanhood."
In 2020 Kyesha was commissioned by the North Carolina Arts Council to serve as a hip-hop content creator. With the financial support of the Arts Council, she was able to direct/lead three multi-modal projects all centered around various aspects of North Carolina hip-hop. In October 2021, she officially joined the organization's Marketing and Communications team. As content director, she oversaw the creation of content and production of multimedia projects that enhanced the agency's initiatives. She is currently the creative content producer for Durham Parks and Recreation.
As a journalist, Kyesha covers music, arts, and culture, and has written extensively about North Carolina’s local hip-hop scene. Her monthly hip-hop column 'HER Take: On Carolina Hip-Hop'for the Indy Week has been said to "function like an oral history, scholarly lecture, remixed playlist, and a love letter all rolled into one.” Over the past seven years, Kyesha has interviewed some of hip-hop’s most notable legends from DJ Jazzy Jeff to Ali Shaheed Muhamad to North Carolina’s own superproducer 9th Wonder. She has also captured the early career moments of Roc Nation/Jamla artist Reuben Vincent and South Coast Music Group’s newest star, TiaCorine. Kyesha’s writings have also been published in Vulture, HotNewHipHop, Okay Player, Scalawag, TVLine, and The Recording Academy.
Kyesha is a sought-after speaker and has been an invited guest facilitator and/or panelist at Virginia Tech University, UNC Chapel Hill University, Averett University, North Carolina State University, A3C Hip-Hop Festival Beats and Bars Hip-Hop Festival, and North Carolina’s Department of Natural and Cultural Resources to just name a few. She is scheduled to complete her Ph.D. in 2023.
USING HER PEN TO...
Empower & Educate
As a hip hop scholar, writer, and educator, she is using her unique voice to reshape the narrative surrounding the genre. Through her writing, she seeks to empower and educate audiences about the positive aspects of hip hop, from its ability to foster community to its role in promoting social justice. As a prolific cultural commentator she explores topics ranging from race and class to politics and popular culture, always with a critical eye. She writes for media platforms in order to challenge conventional thinking and push the boundaries of what is possible in culture and media writing.
Culture Focused Content
TRANSFORMING CULTURE THROUGH
Kyesha can provide high-quality content writing for various industries and niches, including academic research, blog articles, social media posts, and marketing materials.
Kyesha has extensive experience in video production, including writing scripts, directing shoots, and editing footage. She can work on promotional videos, music videos, and other visual content.
With her expertise in marketing and social media management, Kyesha can help businesses and organizations develop effective marketing strategies to reach their target audiences.
With a focus on Black literature and culture, Black women writers, hip-hop studies, hip-hop feminism, and digital media, Kyesha is a valuable resource for academic research projects.
As a skilled creative director, Kyesha can assist with the conceptualization and execution of visual and creative projects, including photo and video shoots, branding, and web design.
With over a decade of experience as a lecturer, Kyesha is available for speaking engagements, guest lectures, and workshops related to hip-hop, Black culture, and literature.
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