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Dr. Jabari Evans is an Assistant Professor of Race and Media at the University of South Carolina in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC). His research focuses on the digital subcultures that urban youth and young adults of color develop and inhabit to understand their social environments, identity development and pursue their professional aspirations. He generally explores strategies creative youth use for self-expression on social media platforms as well as other digital media tools and technologies. His forthcoming book project, Hip-Hop Civics (University of Michigan Press, forthcoming) centers on a Hip-Hop Based Education program in Chicago Public Schools and argues for rap song making's utility for fostering connected learning in the formal classroom. Dr. Evans' research has been recognized for awards by the International Communication Association, published in the International Journal of Communication, Journal of Global Hip Hop Studies, Journal for Media Literacy Education. He earned his PhD at Northwestern University's School of Communication. Outside of academia, Dr. Evans has enjoyed a decorated career spanning two decades as a hip-hop performer, songwriter and producer performing and collaborating with Grammy-award winning artists under the moniker of "Naledge" in the rap group Kidz in the Hall.



Uncommon Naledge Episode 13

BKC Faculty Associate Jabari Evans welcomes RSM Visiting Scholar David Craig to his podcast to discuss the implications of race, class, and gender in the burgeoning field of…

Jan 26, 2024

Uncommon Naledge: Meredith Clark

Jabari Evans talks with Incoming RSM Fellow Meredith Clark about media, journalism, and Black community.

May 23, 2023
Global Hip Hop Stories

Exploring the emotional and relational labour of Black women rappers in sexual dance economies on OnlyFans

BKC Faculty Associate Jabari Evans writes about the subscription platform OnlyFans and the Black women rappers and video models who use it.  “Ultimately, this study…

Jan 25, 2023
Qualitative Sociology

Exploring Social Media Contexts for Cultivating Connected Learning with Black Youth in Urban Communities: The Case of Dreamer Studio

BKC Faculty Associate Jabari Evans writes about engaging Black youth in learning and career pathways through hip-hop and social media.

Aug 5, 2022


Feb 9, 2023 @ 12:30 PM

Student Salon Series: Moral Futurism: Digital Citizenship and the Rights of Youth in the Metaverse and Beyond

The Student Salon Series is a student-led event series bringing Harvard students into dialogue about tech topics, hosted by the Berkman Klein Center.   This inaugural…