The killing of George Floyd has underscored, once again, the critical relationship between the police and the African American community in America. This tragic incident has sparked conversations across the nation — and the globe — about the continued legacy of racial injustice. Numerous protests and solidarity movements have arisen, encompassing individuals from across different racial and generational backgrounds.
Legendary Houston hip-hop artist and activist Bernard “Bun B” Freeman has been an important voice in addressing the challenges of the current social climate. In both local and national platforms, he has shared his perspective on the urgency of combating racial prejudice, violence and inequity as well as the need for these efforts to extend beyond the Black community. In this special Baker Institute webinar, Bun B participated in a discussion on race and racism in America moderated by Anthony B. Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities at Rice University and the director of Rice University's Center for African and African American Studies (CAAAS) and Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL).
This event was co-sponsored by Rice University’s Center for African and African American Studies and Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning. Follow @BakerInstitute on Twitter, and join the conversation with #BakerBunB.
2:00 p.m. — Presentation
2:30 p.m. — Q&A
Bernard "Bun B" Freeman
Houston's influence on the rap genre would not be what it is today without the central role of Bernard Freeman — better known to the world as Bun B. Beginning in the early 1990s, the American rapper from Port Arthur, Texas made up one-half of the now legendary Southern rap duo UGK (UnderGround Kingz), along with the late Chad "Pimp C" Butler. Together, the pair attained national success while helping put Southern rap on the map, releasing several chart-topping albums, including the self-titled UnderGround Kingz, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Bun B later went on to pursue a successful solo career featuring collaborations with fellow hip-hop luminaries. In addition to his rap career, Bun B also co-teaches a religion and hip-hop culture class at Rice University.
Anthony B. Pinn, Ph.D.
Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religion, Rice University; Founding Director, Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL), Rice University