This digital platform was created by me, Shontavia Johnson, to share culturally competent content grounded in the tweets, headlines and mess that we are bombarded with every day.
It is pretty easy to scroll aimlessly through life, but I believe that when we pause for a few moments, there’s a ton to be learned from the rapidly changing worlds we live in both online and in the physical world.
The content at Pop Culture U connects the dots between entertainment and education, internet and reality, and celebrity and everyone else. I read both the WSJ and the Shade Room, and I find value in both.
This shows up in my day-to-day life. I’ve been the closing speaker for TEDxAtlanta, where I talked about how the science of memes has the power to transform our digital and physical lives.
I’ve also connected with some of the most innovative educators on the planet at SXSW and SXSW EDU to talk about how entrepreneurs and educators can leverage blockchain technology in their companies and classrooms.
The “U” in Pop Culture U pays homage to my background in higher ed. I’ve had all kinds of titles at different universities, from fellow, to untenured professor, to tenured professor, to center director, to associate vice president. I’ve seen a huge chunk of the university spectrum. While I enjoy that work, I also want to connect the academic stuff to the day-to-day world we all live in.
If you’ve ever wondered about how to implement Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s parenting strategies into your own plans to set your kids up for success, this is your spot. If you are curious about what free speech really provides for folks who say/do controversial things, like Kaep, certain professors, or the Dixie Chicks, you’ve found your tribe. Should you want a deep dive into Donald Trump’s twitter habits, and how they are disrupting the American political system, this site delivers.
Stick around and see how pop culture can educate us all. If you aren’t sure where to start, here are a few of my favorite articles to get you started:
- Other Ways to Get Out of the Hood – Since Your Kid Probably Isn’t Going to the Pros
- #PopCultureClass: With ShETHER, Remy Ma Just Schooled Us on the Entertainment Industry
- Who owns your tattoo? Maybe not you