Hip Hop Futures : Digital Collaborations (Music Video)

Hip Hop Futures : Digital Collaborations (Music Video)

Senegalese hip hop artist Toussa Senerap and Virginia Tech graduate student Saadia Rais rent an office in cyberspace to create this collaborative project, the music video for the single Ndank Ndank Rek, meaning 'slow it down' in the Wolof language. Connected through producer Dr. Ali Colleen Neff at Virginia Tech, the musician and filmmaker engaged contact and devised, through a series of correspondences, a music video that was then released online and on television in Dakar, Senegal. 

This was a project submitted for the Digital Undergrounds Fall 2015 class in the Africana Studies and Women and Gender Studies programs at Virginia Tech.

Ever Been to an All-Female-Led DIY House Show? (Zine)

Ever Been to an All-Female-Led DIY House Show? (Zine)

Echoing Fembee Roars is a project founded by several women from Blacksburg, VA. The project's main objectives are to facilitate safe environments for marginalized audiences AND to showcase underrepresented performers in the Virginia area: primarily female- and nonbinary-led acts. The project also produces a zine featuring artists from the area, both in print and digitally.

Black Students Speak Up (Website)

Black Students Speak Up (Website)

Virginia Tech senior Alpha Diallo crafts a project called the Speak Up Series, including anonymous audio clips from black students on the university campus. Each clip is accompanied with photographs of iconic landmarks on the Virginia Tech campus. Students speak about organizations and political events on campus, including #BlackLivesMatter rallies conducted over the last year. 

This website was created as a project for the Digital Undergrounds Fall 2015 class at Virginia Tech in the Africana Studies program.

Making Safe Spaces with Black Sounds (Website)

Making Safe Spaces with Black Sounds (Website)

Virginia Tech junior Dylan Holliday crafts a website to advocate for safe spaces for Black bodies in Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs) - and he aims to do so through black sound.  The website provides a brief history as well as features existing organizations that dedicate themselves to creating spaces for Blackness and black sounds.  This was a project created in Fall 2015 in the Digital Undergrounds class through Virginia Tech's Africana Studies program.

http://blacksoundsafespace.weebly.com/

The Internet, Diaspora, and Being Yourself (Short Documentary)

The Internet, Diaspora, and Being Yourself (Short Documentary)

Virginia Tech graduate student Saadia Rais explores how digital communications technology (Facebook, Skype, Viber, etc.) affects and shapes the identities and connections held by first-generation Bangladeshi immigrants in the U.S.  This short documentary was created for the Fall 2014 Identity, Migration, and Place class in Virginia Tech's Women and Gender Studies program.