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Robin Boylorn

Host, Crunk Culture

Robin M. Boylorn is a college professor, founding member of the Crunk Feminist Collective, and host of the award-winning Crunk Culture commentary. Her academic and public intellectual work centers lived experience and is concerned with the relationship between cultural criticism, creativity and storytelling. She is the author of Sweetwater: Black Women and Narratives of Resilience, co-writer of The Crunk Feminist Collection, and co-editor of Critical Autoethnography: Intersecting Cultural Identities in Everyday Life. Born and raised in rural North Carolina, she loves language, sports, and porch view sunsets. She is currently re-reading Toni Morrison novels and is obsessed with self-care.

  • Inefficiencies in broadband service have persisted for underserved communities, like HBCUs and their neighboring areas, since before the Covid-19 pandemic. But the shutdown highlighted both the importance of and disparities surrounding affordable and accessible high-speed internet access for vulnerable populations.Although $18.4 million dollars have been designated to expand broadband services at HBCUs in the state of Alabama, it will take until the end of the decade to see sustained progress.In this season finale of Crunk Culture, Robin Boylorn highlights why closing the digital gap is necessary now rather than later.
  • This week on Crunk Culture, Robin Boylorn breaks down food deserts - what they are, the communities most affected by them and some of their lasting effects - and she offers some right-now remedies to improve equitable food access for the people that need it the most.
  • Black people historically have a lack of trust in the healthcare system because of medical experimentations, like the Tuskegee Experiment, where for 40 years, the US Public Health Service conducted a study of untreated Syphilis in Black men. Researchers didn’t collect informed consent and they didn’t offer treatment, even when it was widely available.This week, Robin Boylorn traces the history of medical racism, by rejecting stereotypes that lead to medical malpractice in order to achieve ethical healthcare outcomes for Black people.
  • Darryl George, a black high school student in Texas, served more than a month suspension and is now at an alternative school over his locs. Barbers Hill Independent School District prohibits male students from having hair extending below the eyebrows, ear lobes or top of a t-shirt collar. George’s family filed a lawsuit claiming the suspension violates the state’s Crown Act, which went into effect September 1, just before George was suspended. In this episode of Crunk Culture, Robin Boylorn discusses why the Crown Act is needed to prevent incidents of discrimination.
  • Alabama’s gender wage gap is one of the largest in America, where white women are paid only 67 cents for every dollar a white man earns. Black and Hispanic women are paid less, making only 52 cents and 41 cents, respectively. In today’s edition of Crunk Culture, Robin Boylorn discusses the gender and racial wage gaps on a broader scale and provides some actions that can be taken to help narrow those gaps.
  • In this season finale of Crunk Culture, Robin Boylorn explores the trending topic of Quiet Quitting – how it came about, what it means and its implications for workers and the workplace.
  • In our previous episode of Crunk Culture, Robin Boylorn discussed how student loan forgiveness could provide opportunities for people of color to build wealth. In today’s segment, she explains how those financial opportunities are hindered by the Black Tax phenomenon.
  • In this week’s segment of Crunk Culture, Robin Boylorn discusses both the implied and indirect financial burdens of student loan debt, while highlighting the relief student loan forgiveness could provide to those who need it the most.
  • In today’s episode of Crunk Culture, Robin Boylorn explains the history of voter suppression and emphasizes its modern-day implications.
  • In this segment of Crunk Culture, Robin Boylorn addresses the issue of gentrification – both from a cultural and environmental perspective.