A Guest in the House

Dave and Mickey pay tribute to Rider University alumnus Eugene Marsh, who died of Covid-19 complications on January 29, 2021. They discuss the planned name change for Aunt Jemima pancake mix, the history of the “mammy” figure from the minstrel show to the baking aisle, and the dangers of erasing bad history.

Show Notes

Related links:
Eugene Marsh ’13, ’18, whose moving personal journey inspired universal admiration, dies at 71 (Rider University)
Revisiting Aunt Jemima: 'Slave in a Box' (NPR)
Overlooked No More: Nancy Green, the 'Real Aunt Jemima' (NY Times)
Nearly 100 years later, original Aunt Jemima gets a headstone (Chicago Crusader)

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Show music Courtesy of Traum Diggs:
"Psalm 91" by Traum Diggs


David Shanks, aka Traum Diggs, is an MC/writer/journalist from Brooklyn, NY. He began writing articles in 2005, contributing correspondent features for print and online publications and has participated in conferences and panels at several colleges and universities including Rider University and SUNY- Rockland. He has also contributed chapters in Hip Hop in America: A Regional Guide; Expressive Writing: Classroom and Community; and St. James Encyclopedia of Hip-Hop Culture. His independent album releases include Jazz Hop, Major Journalism, and Jazz Hop II.   A more complete discography is available at traumdiggs.com .

IG:  @traumdiggs
Twitter:  @traumdiggs 

Dr. Mickey Hess is Professor of English at Rider University and the author of A Guest in the House of Hip-Hop: How Rap Music Taught a Kid from Kentucky What a White Ally Should Be. With rapper and producer Buddha Monk, Mickey co-authored The Dirty Version: On Stage, in the Studio, and in the Streets with Ol' Dirty Bastard. His other books include Big Wheel at the Cracker Factory; Is Hip-Hop Dead? The Past, Present, and Future of America’s Most Wanted Music; and the edited collections Icons of Hip-Hop and Hip Hop in America: A Regional Guide.

Twitter:  @mickeyhess

What is A Guest in the House?

A Guest in the House, a podcast hosted by rapper and journalist David Shanks (aka Traum Diggs) and professor and author Mickey Hess, celebrates the best of what hip-hop has to offer and the lessons it can teach us about the ways we relate to each other across cultural, racial and social divides.