It’s no coincidence that a man known as View is preparing for a big year in 2020. DJ View has been in the game for a decade, but a music lover most of his life. Paying homage to the hometown, Stevie Johnson uses his DJ name to remember where he’s come from. The husband, father, and professor is currently working on an album that will also serve as the dissertation for his PhD program. It tackles the experiences of black males from stereotyping to anti-blackness in their pursuits of earning a college degree. He currently heads up the Black Male Initiative program through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Central Oklahoma. The scholar and music-head talks to Brandy about his life from being a young athlete to an academic who uses Hip Hop pedagogy to reach students and brought 9th Wonder to the inaugural Hip Hop Social Justice & Well-Being Week. As if he’s not busy enough, Stevie has his eyes set on a Hip Hop Fellowship at Harvard.

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