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Rajul Punjabi
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Rajul Punjabi is a New York City based entertainment journalist and educator. Her beat is hip hop, but she writes about everything from relationships to race. She teaches English and Journalism at Long Island University and Essex County College.

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Monáe, Mayweather and the Curious Case of the Female Alter Ego

(4) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 6:17 PM

A few evenings ago, the sultry, sci-fi chanteuse Janelle Monáe teamed up with Target and Sonos to host a private concert on a picturesque pier in New York City to celebrate the release of her third studio album, The Electric Lady. LaLa Vasquez, Toccara Jones and Miguel, among others, mingled...

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Keeping Our Jazz: From Fort Greene to the Musicians' Village

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 6:28 PM

It's midnight in Upper Ninth Ward. The vibrantly hued neighborhood in New Orleans is alive with brass, sweat, and secrets -- all of which I experience from the wooden stoop of a house painted pistachio, hugged by thriving palm trees. The humidity is as aggressive as the mosquitoes are. I...

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T-Pain Chastises Homophobia in Hip-Hop

(7) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 11:00 AM

Hip-hop artist T-Pain has been an unlikely gay rights activist lately with his recent series of anti-homophobia tweets. But as with much of hip-hop itself, one must explore the context to really appreciate it. Without the story behind statements such as "Attention all homophobic idiots: if you're not...

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Hip Hop as a Necessary Tool in the College Classroom

(10) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 4:37 PM

For homework in my undergraduate Literature course, I asked students to pen a prose piece in response to one of Jamaica Kincaid's works, emulating her format and cadence while creating their own content. For thirty fruitless minutes, I droned on, trying to explain the assignment. Blank faces, more questions, more...

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