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Keith Cross, M.C. Ph.D

Lyricist. Scientist. Teacher. Brother.

About doctabarz

Keith Cross (AKA Doctabarz) is a veteran emcee, singer-songwriter, and scholar. He has a Ph.D. from Stanford University Graduate School of Education, specializing in Race, Inequality and Language in Education, and he is currently Assistant Professor of Multilingual and Multicultural Education at University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. In his art and scholarship, Cross investigates the ways lyricism (i.e., the composition/performance of song lyrics) is connected to cognitive function, language (and language-mediated) learning, and cultural and environmental sustainability. For several years, Cross has taught Hip Hop lyricism (i.e., rap) to both youth and the elderly, as a tool for enhancing mental, social and spiritual well-being.





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The Kings' Lessons, Vol. 4: Black Prevailage

Part of #8x8_shangrila​, an online exhibition of Hawai‘i artists responding to the concept of place at Shangri La. In this soulful work performed in the Living Room and on the Upper Lawn, hip hop artist and scholar, Cross, offers a deep meditation on blackness and place at Shangri La--a museum originally designed as a home--asking if it is possible to discover a place where blackness can feel at home.