Keynote: Big Freedia
Public Talk
2021 Pride Celebration

Talk Back with Big Freedia

co-presented by the Pride Committee & OPAL
May 06, 2021

This event occurred as part of the 20/21 Public Talk season. This is an archived view.

Join the conversation with Big Freedia, and pose your questions to the hip-hop sensation!

20/21 Public Talk

Join students from the Pride Committee for a conversation with New Orleans-based hip-hop artist and worldwide bounce music ambassador Big Freedia. Freedia will discuss her presence in the New Orleans bounce scene, her many collaborations across genre, and her queer identity. This event will be facilitated by social justice educator Cody Charles (they/them).


Available to watch through May 16. This conversation with Big Freedia will be hosted on the Hop's YouTube channel and is open to Dartmouth students and employees and Hop Members.

Dartmouth Student Events

• Attend a watch party — stop by Collis Common Ground on May 6 at 8 pm ET. See the Big Freedia conversation on YouTube with your friends! Note that capacity is limited to 25 students.

• Following the conversation will be a 30-minute virtual meet-and-greet for Dartmouth students (with space for 20 Dartmouth student virtual attendees). This year's pride theme is "Queerly Beloved" to emphasize the beauty found in the many different sections of the LGBTQIA+ community. The PRIDE committee wants all Dartmouth students to feel at home, no matter their identity. 
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About Big Freedia

Known as the Queen of Bounce music, Big Freedia is a New Orleans-based hip-hop artist and worldwide ambassador of bounce music. After a series of cult hit singles during the mid-2000s, she was tapped for a reality show, ​Big Freedia Bounces Back​ on Fuse TV. The docuseries followed the life of a choirboy turned bounce rapper and remains the highest-rated original series on the network.

It was only a matter of time until Big Freedia caught the attention of iconic artists including Beyoncé and Drake. She was featured on both Beyoncé's Grammy-winning single, "Formation" and Drake's "Nice For What."

Big Freedia released the critically acclaimed album, 3rd Ward Bounce (which featured Lizzo among others) on Asylum Records in 2018. In the summer of 2019, the Queen of Bounce debuted her limited run ice cream flavor "Big Freedia's Bouncin' Beignets" with the ice cream giant Ben & Jerry's. She graced the cover of ​Billboard Magazine​ and was invited by​ Vogue Magazine​ to be the official host of the Live Instagram stream for the Met Gala.

In October 2019, Big Freedia and multi-platinum pop artist Kesha released their new pop single "Raising Hell." The song remains on the pop radio charts and the two performed the hit song on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!

Big Freedia's latest single "Louder" from her forthcoming project dropped in November. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, ​Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva!​ on Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster.

About Cody Charles

Cody Charles (he/they) is an engaging and passionate social justice educator and writer who believes in having the critical and often difficult conversations in regards to leadership and social change. Cody believes that engaging the process of leadership cannot exist without being rooted in an understanding of power and privilege. Additionally, Cody is the author of a variety of articles around identity, higher education and pop culture. Join them for more conversation on Twitter/Instagram (@_codykeith_) and Facebook (Follow Cody Charles). Please visit their blog, Reclaiming Anger, to learn more.

About Pride at Dartmouth

Pride at Dartmouth seeks to: 
1. Appreciate and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and history at Dartmouth and beyond
2. Educate our peers about issues that are prevalent to the LGBTQ+ community
3. Create safe spaces for members of the LGBTQIA+ community and opportunities for the intersectionality of identities. 

Queer and Trans justice is fundamentally connected to racial justice, class justice, criminal justice, immigration justice and many other social issues. It is through Pride events that we aim to raise awareness and understanding of these overlapping and interconnected issues.

Learn more about Pride at Dartmouth >

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