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In celebration of Black History Month during February, Gardner-Webb University will introduce you to alumni who are making a difference in the world around them. Through their jobs and creative passions, these alumni are inspiring others to achieve their dreams.
Throughout history, artists have used their music as a commentary on social issues. Affected by the racial inequalities she’s witnessed close to home and on newsfeeds, Troya Pope, a 2012 alumna of Gardner-Webb University, decided to write a song to her younger cousins. She wants to encourage them to pursue their dreams. A newcomer among North Carolina’s hip-hop artists, Pope’s song, “Black Boy,” caught the attention of Kyesha Jennings, an award-winning lecturer in English and a hip-hop scholar at N.C. State University.
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Office of University Communications, "Gardner-Webb Alumna’s Hip-Hop Music Featured on N.C. Arts Council Program" (2021). Gardner-Webb NewsCenter Archive. 2113.