Professor Dave "Davey D" Cook is iconic pioneer in the fields of social media, independent radio and Hip Hiop journalism. As a syndicated radio personality on Hard Knock Radio, Cook is renowned for his courageous inquiry concerning key issues facing oppressed peoples within and outside of the United States. Professor Cook teaches courses concerning African American music as well as Black creative arts and history in the Department of Africana Studies. He also co-teaches the very popular and large Hiphop, Globalization and the Politics of Identity course. This course is well known among students as presenting curriculum that "changes lives" and it is also a course in which a surprise music industry friend may come help teach. Professor Cook has published much in peer-reviewed, news media and community venues. He has appeared in numerous documentaries and is considered an expert in the discipline. Cook is cited in many academic texts and is a sought-after lecturer and guest speaker.