I research, write and teach about hip-hop

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"The best teachers are like hip-hop producers; study the classics, select the best parts, then add some new flavor" -Dr. Chris Emdin


Kyesha Jennings is an English Lecturer at NC State University where she teaches First Year Writing. Kyesha is a sought-after speaker and has been an invited guest at Virginia Tech University, UNC Chapel Hill University and A3C Hip-Hop Festival.Her research focuses on Black Literature and Culture in general, but more specifically her research centers Black Women Writers, Hip-Hop Studies, Hip-Hop Feminism and Digital Media. Her co-authored article, “Teaching in the Mix: Turntablism, DJ Aesthetics, and African American Literature” hones in on the aesthetics and sensibilities of hip-hop scholarship by examining how goal-oriented and compositional techniques of DJs was used to design her Survey of African American Literature course. Kyesha is currently completing her PhD at Indiana University of Pennsylvania studying English Literature and Criticism. In December of 2017 she was featured on NPR’s The State of Things where she reviewed North Carolina’s hip-hop scene in a round table discussion. She recently contributed to the St. James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Culture (2018) and has two upcoming publications, "Girls Who Make Beats: A Conversation on the Disproportionate Representation of Female Producers in Hip-Hop” and “Wake Up Mr. West: Kanye West, The Sunken Place and the Rhetoric of Black Twitter”.

Kyesha is a freelance writer for the INDY Week, a weekly publication published in Durham NC servicing a print audience of 25,000+ throughout the Triangle area. For the INDY, Kyesha covers a wide range of music and culture related topics. Most notably, she covered the inaugural Dreamville Festival and has interviewed legendary hip-hop artists from the likes of DJ Jazzy Jeff and Ali Shaheed Muhammad of a Tribe Called Quest.



Kyesha is available for speaking engagements (Featured Speaker, Moderator, and/or Panelist | Host/Facilitate Workshops).


  • Hip-Hop

  • Hip-Hop Feminism

  • Hip-Hop and Social Justice

  • Hip-Hop Pedagogy

  • Digital Media (Representations of Black Women via IG/Twitter

  • Black Popular Culture

  • Teaching First Year Writing

Academic related inquiries and interests: Kyesha_Jennings@ncsu.edu

INDY Week Inquiries and interests: Kyeshajennings@gmail.com