Former 106 & Park Host AJ Hosting College Hip-Hop Course

AJ Calloway, former

host of BET’s 106 & Park, has been tapped by Howard University to

teach a course that explores the theoretical foundation of Hip-Hop.

The Howard alumnus

will teach the new on-line course in conjunction with history professor Elizabeth

Lewis-Clark.

The new graduate

seminar in public history will provide a theoretical foundation for Hip-Hop

and focus on a theme of urban/Hip-Hop cultural expression.

The class will

be taught online by Calloway and Lewis-Clark, but Calloway will periodically

come to campus to speak to students.

In the class, Calloway

openly discusses his views about what’s happening in the industry.

"I really

hope that one day Hip-Hop will evolve," Calloway said. "I mean, we

are the only group of people that pimp our women through music the way that

we do. I only hope that through that evolution Hip-Hop doesn’t take the same

path jazz took and become exploited to the point of disinterest, like everything

else of ours white people get their hands on."

In July 2005, Calloway

and Free officially resigned their posts as the hosts of BET’s popular show

106 & Park, jobs they held since the show’s premier in the fall 2000.

Although the circumstances

surrounding their abrupt departure were not disclosed, insiders speculated there

had been friction with upper management over a period of time.

On his last live

show, AJ revealed that his plans included opening up a restaurant in Brooklyn,

running a management company and, in previous reports, he said he was working

on a television pilot.

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