MEDIA ADVISORY: Vanderbilt professor testifies before Congress on Tuesday

Tracy Sharpley-Whiting, director of the Program in African American and Diaspora Studies at Vanderbilt University, is set to testify Tuesday, Sept. 25, in Washington before the Congressional Subcommittee on Energy and Commerce on the topic of “From Imus to Industry: The Business of Stereotypes and Degrading Images.”

The hearings will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Sharpley-Whiting’s testimony is expected to begin about 1 p.m. eastern time.

Sharpley-Whiting is the author of Pimps Up, Ho’s Down: Hip Hop’s Hold on Young Black Women and has spoken extensively about the complex relationship between young African American women and hip hop culture.

WHAT: Vanderbilt professor Tracy Sharpley-Whiting testifying before Congress about degrading stereotypes of black women in the media

WHERE: Room 2123 of Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C., Southwest of the Capitol on a site bounded by Independence Avenue, South Capitol Street, First Street, and C Street, S.W.

WHEN: Hearing starts at 10 a.m., Sharpley-Whiting scheduled to testify at about 1 p.m.

WEBCAST: A live webcast of the hearing will be available at:
Media Contact: Jim Patterson, (615) 322-NEWS