Event | Lectures and Symposia Street Folk: Hip Hop, Car Culture, and Black Life in Houston, Texas

Date and Location

  • When: Wednesday, April 24, 2019

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

  • Where: Thomas Jefferson Building - Whittall Pavilion (LJG45E)

    10 1st Street SE, Washington, DC 20540

Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or [email protected]

"Screw" is Houston, Texas' distinctly local form of hip hop music that emerged within the city’s African American community almost thirty years ago. It is inextricably tied to "Slab," a vernacular car culture in which mostly young African American men spend countless hours and much money transforming outmoded American sedans into spectacular automotive art pieces. In his talk, folklorist and ethnomusicologist Wilkins will discuss how "screw" and "slab" combine form a unique local tradition that has affirmed and empowered working class Black Houstonians across several generations.

Langston Collin Wilkins is a traditional Arts Specialist at the Tennessee Arts Commission. He earned his PhD in ethnomusicology from Indiana University. In addition, he served as a fellow for the Folklife and Traditional Arts Program of the Houston Arts Alliance and the Houston Museum of African American Culture where he conducted field work and produced public programs that centered on the traditional arts of Houston’s African Diasporic communities.

Contact: 202.707.1743.