Cheeky Blakk, shot for OffBeat in 2013. Photo: Elsa Hahne, Golden Richard II

Cheeky Blakk to help lead Tulane’s “Business of Bounce” bus tour

Bounce queen Cheeky Blakk will join African diaspora scholar and choreographer Marissa “MoeJoe” Joseph for an inventive, immersive bounce bus tour focusing on the cultural significance of the New Orleans hip-hop subgenre.

The Business of Bounce, more specifically, will teach participants about the history of bounce and its role “in the socio-economic, gendered, and urban landscape of New Orleans,” according to organizers. Cheeky Blakk is an obvious choice as co-leader of the trip; she dropped “Twerk Something” in 1994.

Taking place on Thursday, December 6 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the tour is the second offering in the Women and Movement series from Music Rising at Tulane and New Orleans Center for the Gulf South. Participants will meet in front of Tulane’s Newcomb Hall and take a 90-minute ride through Uptown and Downtown sites important to the music’s history. There will be brief stops along the way and a closing refreshment at the MoeJoe Gallery inside the Healing Center. Riders will then be returned to the University campus.

Those interested in participating should move quickly – seating is first come, first served and there’s only room for 35! For more information, contact Regina Cairns at 504-314-2854 or

For more information on Cheeky Blakk, revisit this 2013 OffBeat cover story.