Lecture Series Brings 30-Year Collection of Public Enemy Photos to OU

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The Between Love & Hate theme lecture series presents Harry Allen showcasing his 30-year collection of photos of the legendary hip-hop group Public Enemy on Thursday, Feb. 8, from 6-8 p.m. in Porter 102.

Allen’s collection includes images of members before the band was formed. These pictures have been part of documentaries for the BBC, MTV and VH-1 and are part of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture’s permanent collection.

Allen also will discuss the role of social justice in journalism and the development of Public Enemy. The presentation engages the space between love and hate. Is it a thin line or, is there a wide line?

This event is co-sponsored by the Ohio University Hip Hop Congress and College of Arts & Sciences.

About Harry Allen, Media Assassin
Harry Allen a.k.a “the media assassin” is a hip-hop activist, journalist, and producer of the blog Media Assassin. For more than 25 years, Allen has written for publications such as VIBE, The Source Magazine, The Village Voice, and numerous other outlets.

As an expert covering hip-hop culture, he has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, MTV, VH-1, CNN, the BBC, and NPR. Most hip-hop fans know him for his long-time association with the seminal band Public Enemy, and for his “cameo” on their classic record, Don’t Believe the Hype.

Allen serves as an adviser to the Archives of African American Music and Culture at Indiana University, and as the host and producer of his weekly WBAI-NY/99.5 FM radio show, NONFICTION.

Allen also worked in the crisis public relations and affairs department of computer entertainment corporation Rockstar Games from 2004-06. His research also includes architectural design in computer and video games. Allen’s work has been recognized by institutions like the Graham Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, and the New York State Council on the Arts.