#BITTechTalk Podcast Episode #107 w/ PhD Student And Hip Hop Artist – Sammus

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On this episode of the Blacks In Technology #BITTechTalk podcast we are joined by Science and Tech PhD student and hip hop artist Sammus.

About our guest:

SAMMUS (Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo) is an Ithaca, NY based rap artist, producer, and PhD student in the Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University.

Known as much for her rousing stage presence as she is for her prowess as a beatmaker and lyricist, Sammus has spent the past several years cultivating a strong following of activists, hip hop heads, punks, and self-proclaimed nerds and geeks, among others.

As noted by the Los Angeles Times, Sammus “has a gift for getting a message across.” Having recently made her Don Giovanni debut (while remaining tied to NuBlack Music Group), she is poised to cement herself as an artist who consistently thinks outside boxes and dances across lines (and does other neat things with geometrical figures).

In addition to managing a full-time music career, Enongo has spent the past eight years as a public-school and college level educator. After graduating from Cornell University in 2008 with a double BA in Sociology and Science & Technology Studies, she was accepted into the national teaching program Teach for America and placed in Houston Texas, where she taught elementary math and science between 2008 to 2010.

In the fall semester of 2011 she returned to Cornell as a PhD candidate to pursue an interest a wide array of sound studies topics, including sound and gaming as well as the identity politics of community studios. As an academic in training and very-vocal feminist, Enongo has produced articles for publications such as Bitch, For Harriet, Sounding Out!, and The Mary Sue related to issues of race, hip-hop, gaming, and feminism.


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  • …and she has bars.


    • Dope video and yes, bars on bars! Saddest part is the audience is absolutely unmoved! WHAT THE…!? can we at least get a hand clap or a foot tap or something? :/

      • Women In Linux

        i was there so she got a hand clap and a few tweets

  • GGG

    Yes, been listening to her albums. She is the complete package! FIYAHHHH!!!

  • Negus Dawit

    Great interview !