Hip-Hop and Photography: Making Art in the Ohio Valley


On this West Virginia Morning, West Virginia has a small but active hip-hop community around the state. 

The YWCA in Wheeling recently held the event “Hip Hop: a Black Tie Affair” to encourage the art form and help bring more legitimacy to the community. Corey Knollinger has more.

Among artists displaying visual art at the black-tie hip-hop event in Wheeling was photographer Rebecca Kiger. Kiger photographed members of the hip-hop community, including the artist Joshua Lamar Pethtel — also known as Poetic Peth. Glynis Board sat down with Kiger and Pethel to talk about creating art in the Ohio Valley.

Also on today’s show, we hear from The Legislature Today. On last night’s episode, host Suzanne Higgins spoke with Senate Health Committee Chairman Sen. Mike Maroney and long-time committee member and former chairman Sen. Ron Stollings. The discussion explored several pieces of health-related legislation. We hear an excerpt from the interview focused on proposed foster care legislation, House Bill 2010.

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