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March 08, 2016

Acclaimed Hip Hop Culture Critic and Host of "The Ill Doctrineā€¯ to Visit

Part of Black History month, the Multicultural Office of Programs and Services and Campus Life at West Virginia Wesleyan College are co-sponsoring a presentation by hip-hop radio founder and host Jay Smooth on March 14. The program will begin 7 p.m. in Wesley Chapel.

Smooth is New York City’s longest running hip-hop radio program announcer, hosting WBAI’s “The Underground Railroad” which he launched in 1991 when he was only a teenager. He is also the mastermind behind the hip-hop and politically-oriented video blog “The Ill Doctrine,” (, where he serves up contemporary observation on topics of race, politics, music, and pop culture.

A leading voice in the sociopolitical realm, Smooth gained national attention with his video “How to Tell People They Sound Racist,” in which he humorously yet thoughtfully describes how to have the awkward “that-sounded-racist” conversation. In 2011, he was invited to speak at TEDx, where he encouraged the audience to stop dancing around the topic and actively embrace conversations about race. 

As the son of an African American father and a white mother, Smooth credits his mixed race heritage for his “unique position to travel between different worlds.” He breaks the taboo, talks about these different worlds, and promotes healthy discussion on race in America today.

Smooth counts among his legions of fans Rachel Maddow of MSNBC, who has referred to him as a “genius” for his cultural commentary. Wired has called him "the hardest blogging man in hip-hop,” and Salon named him one of its “Sexiest Men Living” in 2008. In addition to his media accolades, Smooth provides music commentary to NPR and is creator of the website  In 2013, Smooth joined as their Video and Multimedia Producer. 

Smooth entertains, challenges, and enlightens audiences with his funny, incisive perspective on music, politics, and culture, encouraging audiences to do their own critical thinking about the world, engage in conversations about cultural issues that matter, and find some common ground.


The program is free and open to the public.

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