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The Dirty South Weekend: SLAB Car Culture Conversation

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Slow, Loud, And Bangin’: Customized SLAB cars are a beloved and unmistakable part of Houston hip-hop culture and the Black southern landscape.

Join rapper International Jones and poet, playwright, and journalist Charlie Braxton for an exploration and celebration of SLAB car culture and how these expressive machines took their place of prominence in The Dirty South.

Free, tickets required. Reserve your spot online or with Guest Services at (479) 657-2335 today.

Journalist Charlie Braxton
About the Speakers


Charlie Braxton

Charlie R. Braxton is a poet, playwright, and journalist born in McComb, Mississippi. He has published two volumes of poetry, Cinders Rekindled (2013), and Ascension from the Ashes (1991). His poetry has appeared in a number of literary journals, including, The Black Nation, Black American Literature Forum, Cutbanks, Drumvoices Review, Eyeball Literary Magazine, Shout Out UK, The San Fernando Poetry Journal, and The Transnational. Braxton’s work has also appeared in the anthologies The African World in Dialogue: An Appeal to Action! (2016), Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature & Art (2002), Step into a World: A Global Anthology of the New Black Literature (2000), Trouble the Water: 250 Years of African American Poetry (1996), and In the Tradition: An Anthology of Young Black Writers (1992). He studied journalism and creative writing at Jackson State University.


About The Dirty South Weekend

For one weekend only, July 15 – 17, we’re bringing together hip-hop artists, poets, scholars, and more for a multi-day event designed to explore the themes of The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse like never before. Come immerse yourself in the sounds and stories of The Dirty South as we celebrate a century of southern Black culture.

Sponsored by: Harrison and Rhonda French Family | Ramsay, Jaquita and Sarah Ball | Catherine and Stephan Roche | Esther Silver-Parker | Deborah Wright. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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