Tony Rehagen is a freelance writer based in St. Louis, Missouri. His work has appeared in Popular Mechanics, Politico, Men's Health, GQ, and The Columbia Journalism Review. He is a five-time finalist for the City and Regional Magazine Association Writer of the Year award.
Former slaves set up the community of Hog Hammock so that, separated from the mainland, they could farm, raise livestock, and preserve elements of their African heritage, including the English Creole/African Gullah dialect.
On and off the reservation, American schools tend to whitewash the stories of Native Americans. Frank Waln, a Lakota hip-hop artist from He Dog, South Dakota, is endeavoring to change that — with music that champions his heritage while demolishing Native American stereotypes.
When prosecutors introduce song lyrics as evidence of crime, defense lawyers call the University of Richmond's Erik Nielson, a rap expert who helps juries understand the difference between art and life.