Todd Boyd

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Todd Boyd
Born
Other namesNotorious Ph.D, Dr. B
OccupationProfessor, author, media commentator, film producer, consultant

Todd Boyd, aka "Notorious Ph.D.",[1] is the Katherine and Frank Price Endowed Chair for the Study of Race & Popular Culture and Professor of Critical Studies in the USC School of Cinematic Arts.[2] He is considered an expert on American popular culture and is especially noted for his pioneering work on media, race, cinema, hip hop culture, and sports.[3] Boyd received his Ph.D in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa in 1991 and began his professorial career at USC in the fall of 1992.

Books, articles and essays[edit]

Boyd is the author of The Notorious Ph.D's Guide to the Super Fly 70s: A Connoisseur's Journey Through the Fabulous Flix, Hip Sounds, and Cool Vibes That Defined a Decade (Harlem Moon/Broadway/Random House, 2007), Young Black Rich and Famous: The Rise of the NBA, the Hip Hop Invasion, and the Transformation of American Culture (Doubleday/Random House, 2003), The New H.N.I.C: The Death of Civil Rights and the Reign of Hip Hop (NYU Press, 2002), and Am I Black Enough For You?: Popular Culture from the 'Hood and Beyond (Indiana University Press, 1997).

The New H.N.I.C. was cited in the 10th Anniversary (September 2003) issue of VIBE Magazine as "one of the most significant books ever written on hip-hop." He is also the editor of African Americans and Popular Culture Vol. 1–3 (Praeger/Greenwood, 2008), Basketball Jones: America Above the Rim (with Kenneth Shropshire, NYU Press, 2000) and Out of Bounds: Sports, Media and the Politics of Identity (with Aaron Baker, Indiana University Press, 1997).

He has also written for the Los Angeles Times, ESPN.com, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, and TheRoot.com.

Media commentator[edit]

Boyd has appeared on network and cable television broadcasts since the 1990s, including; NBC Nightly News, The Today Show (NBC), CBS Evening News, ABC World News Tonight, The News Hour (PBS), Frontline (PBS), Good Morning America (ABC), Biography (A & E), Headline News (CNN), Access Hollywood (NBC), and True Hollywood Stories (E!).

In addition to writing for ESPN.com's "Page 2", he has appeared on many ESPN programs: Outside the Lines, Sports Center, Sports Century, ESPN 25: The Headlines, The Top Five Reasons You Can't Blame…, Classic Now, and the ESPN Town Hall Meeting: "Should College Athletes Be Paid?"

Cinema[edit]

Boyd was co-writer and a producer on the Paramount Pictures film The Wood (1999). He has also provided voice-over commentary on the DVD edition of the films Stormy Weather (1943), Cabin in the Sky (1943), Super Fly (1972), and Uptown Saturday Night (1974).

Publications[edit]

  • African Americans and Popular Culture, Vol 1–3: ISBN 0-2759-8922-4 (Praeger, 2008)
  • The Notorious Ph.D.'s Guide to the Super Fly 70s: ISBN 0-7679-2187-9 (Harlem Moon/Broadway/Random House, 2007)
  • Young Black Rich and Famous: The Rise of the NBA, the Hip Hop Invasion, and the Transformation of American Culture: ISBN 0-7679-1277-2 (Doubleday/Random House, 2003)
  • The New H.N.I.C: The Death of Civil Rights and the Reign of Hip Hop: ISBN 0-8147-9896-9 (NYU Press, 2002)
  • Basketball Jones: America Above the Rim: ISBN 0-8147-1316-5 (NYU Press, 2000)
  • Out of Bounds: Sports, Media and the Politics of Identity: ISBN 0-253-21095-X (Indiana University Press, 1997)
  • Am I Black Enough For You? : Popular Culture from the 'Hood and Beyond: ISBN 0-253-21105-0 (Indiana University Press, 1997)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baker, Bob (March 10, 2003) Notorious PhD. Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ Foucault's Turntable. Village Voice (January 7, 2003). Retrieved on May 9, 2014.
  3. ^ Simon, Leslie. The notorious PhD. Los Angeles Times.

External links[edit]

  • Dr. Todd Boyd
  • Dr. Todd Boyd on ESPN.com:
    • [2] Todd Boyd on ESPN.com
  • Dr. Boyd's Commentary on TheRoot.com:
    • [3] Blaxploitation's Badasssss History
    • [4] Miles Davis and the Aesthetics of Cool
    • [5] Why August Wilson Was No Tyler Perry
    • [6] Dear Academy: Give Richard Pryor the Lifetime Achievement Oscar
    • [7] R.I.P VIBE