Jooksi founder Fredara M. Hadley Appears on The Pop Life Podcast

pop life

In a special Black Music Month edition of, The Pop Life, the conversation focused on the appropriation of black culture with a focus on Hip Hop. Naima (@Naima), Jeff Sledge (@iamjeffsledge), & Shawn Young (@sdy292) also discuss the marginalization of soul music, the shift of traditional gospel music, removal of school arts programs, & more..

Listen below:

[soundcloud url=”″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]

Fredara M. Hadley on HuffPost Live


(Photo Credit: Birgitta Johnson)

Big Boi of Outkast as Chris Bosh compared to Andre 3000 as LeBron James?

No way. No how. Not today.

This panel of serious Outkast fans let host Marc Lamont Hill HAVE it when he tried to downplay Big Boi’s contribution to the greatness that is Outkast. Kudos to the panel’s united front in shutting him down.

It was really all love and jokes (mostly). I had a blast chatting it up with host Marc Lamont Hill (@MarcLamontHill), Bomani Jones (@Bomani_Jones), and Kaila Story, Ph.D.(@DoctressStory). And for extra firepower they had the homies Regina Bradley, Ph.D. (@redclayscholar) and Maurice Garland (@maurice_garland) involved!

Check out the entire segment here and tell us what you think!

Announcing….Jooksi University!


One of the things I’ve learned to embrace about myself is my love for teaching. I love the discussion, debate, and commentary. Popular music doesn’t have enough of that. So Jooksi University (or #JooksiU) is where we come together and I teach a little bit of Black music background, we listen to some music together, you bring your opinions and we have a damn good time. And just to make sure the good times roll…there’s wine.

The first master class of the summer dives right in and asks the question: WTF is Black Music?!? After all it’s Black music month and there are lots of ways to slice and dice this term. I’m super excited that in the first class we’ll be joined by the preeminent cultural scholar, Greg Tate. If you’re not familiar, Greg Tate wrote for the Village Voice for over twenty years, authored several books (with more on the way), founded the Black Rock Coalition, and is in almost every Black music documentary you’ve seen. So yeah, he’s the perfect person to kick off this series.

So join us a Grind Broadway on June 12th from 7-9pm. Tickets are only $15, so get one for you and one for a friend here.

This is Black Music (Ep9)

June is Black Music Month and you’re probably wondering what the hell is Black Music? Is it rap? R&B? Jazz? Blues? Just music made by African-Americans? Well Fredara and Improv!? will provide you some answers on this episode of Jooksi Radio.

Also we have a special announcement so be sure to listen and find out how you can join us in NYC on June 12th, 2014!

1. Stiffed – What You Gon’ Do
2. Shafiq Husayn – Cheeba feat Bilal
3. Pharoahe Monch – Still Standing feat Jill Scott
4. MeShell Ndgeocello: “Be My Husband”
5. George Benson – Love Ballad
6. Bobby McFerrin – Baby You Can Drive My Car
7. Chris Dave and the Drumheadz – Africa…I Freak Her
8. Seu Jorge – Rebel Rebel
9. Cesaria Evora: “Angola” (Carl Craig Remix)

Whatever Happened to…(Ep8)

In this week’s episode of Jooksi Radio, hosts Fredara and Improv!? (@Prov_Sez) ponder on some of the great music/artists that came and went just as quickly. Were they too “advanced” for the general listening public or did the music industry just not know what box to put them in? Join us as we play some tunes you may or may not of heard of before!

1. Hollyweerd – Have You Ever Made Love to a Weirdo
2. Jack Herrea – Jack Shuffle (feat.
3. AZUR – As You Are
4. Lewis Taylor – Lovelight
5. Darien Brockington – Steppin’ Out
6. Heavy – Do For You
7. Jaspects – Let’s Just Keep In Touch (feat Scar)
8. PPP – “Your Day is Done (feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow)
9. Sa-Ra Creative Partners – Glorious
10. J’Davey – This One!