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"We the Changers" is my favorite song off my album "Ascension", here’s the official video featuring some of my favorite world changers, if you’re feeling the message, please share!
By Jill Anderson
“Our kids are different, not deficient,” he said in his address, a keynote for the 2014 Alumni of Color Conference. Emdin’s research examines how hip-hop culture — particularly its words, phrases, expressions, and language — contains science that often goes unnoticed by educators.
The phenomenon of young adults “dropping science” is less about science than it is about dropping out entirely, Emdin said. In many cases, the students simply aren’t engaged in the classroom and feel that school has nothing to offer. These ideas are often reflected in popular rap songs by artists like Nas and Kanye West. Yet, hip hop also has a long history of references to science, including rappers like Biz Markie and The Mad Scientists referencing it in their music and album art — even the popular term “droppin’ science” means to rap. “What I’m trying to do is get kids to drop back in to science,” Emdin said.
Many popular hip-hop artists, Emdin said, have expressed personal interest in science. For example, Wu Tang Clan’s GZA admitted to wanting to learn science while in school, but he found himself overlooked in the classroom. Once he found fame, he shared his dreams of being an astronaut, going so far as to take science classes on his own. His latest album is entitled, “Dark Matters.” Emdin said interested-but-overlooked students like GZA exist all across the country. At the root of the issue is that educators are not using culture as a means to connect with students.Read more: http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news-impact/2014/03/emdin-discusses-how-to-reach-students-with-hip-hop/#ixzz2vF1i1nHd
The Kennedy Center, in collaboration with Hi-ARTS, producers of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival, presents One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide, a festival celebrating this uniquely American art form. The festival highlights MCing, DJing, b-boying, and graffiti writing, the original four elements of hip-hop culture, alongside contemporary interdisciplinary work born of hip-hop aesthetics. Ticketed and free performances and exhibitions explore the breadth and depth of hip-hop today.
1040 Lounge: Film Screening of Style Wars with Producer Henry Chalfant
Celebrating and Promoting the Arts in the BronxFriday, March 21, 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Join us for a screening of the newly-restored Style Wars: The Original Hip Hop Documentary, the filmic record of a golden age of youthful creativity that exploded into the world from a city in crisis. Introduced by producer Henry Chalfant.
Directed by Tony Silver and produced by Tony Silver and Henry Chalfant, Style Wars was awarded the Grand Prize for Documentaries at the 1983 Sundance Film Festival, and is regarded as the indispensable document of New York Street culture of the early ’80s. Style Wars captured the look and feel of New York’s ramshackle subway system as graffiti writers’ public playground, battleground and spectacular artistic canvas. Opposing them by every means possible were Mayor Edward Koch, the police, and the New York Transit Authority. Meanwhile MCs, DJs and B-boys rocked the city with new sounds and new moves and street corner breakdance battles evolved into performance art. New York’s legendary kings of graffiti and b-boys own a special place in the hip hop pantheon. Style Wars has become an emblem of the original, embracing spirit of hip hop as it reached out across the world from underground tunnels, uptown streets, clubs and playgrounds.
Free admission and bar (donations suggested)
Urban Word NYC Presents the
16th Annual Teen Poetry GRAND Slam!
Are you a teen lyricist, poet, rapper, and or creative writer?
Do you have the gift of words and ready to share it with the world?
Do you want a chance to perform on stage at the LEGENDARY
APOLLO Theater AND represent NEW YORK CITY at the Brave New Voices
National Poetry Festival this summer in Philly?
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
A book of Poetry written by "Chief69" with forward and photography by Al-Karim Powell-Darensburg ……
THIS BOOK IS SOLELY WORKS OF POETRY BY “CHIEF69” SHOWING THE CONNECTIONS THROUGH THE POEMS OF HIP HOP AND KUNG -FU AND ITS NATURAL DIALOGUE AND ROLE IN THE SOCIAL CONTEXT….WHEN I SAY HIP HOP I SAY SO AS A VIABLE SOCIAL MOVEMENT AND YOUTH DRIVEN REVOLUTIONARY FRONT. THIS INCLUDES BBOYING/ROCKING/POPPING/LOCKING/EMCEEING/WRITING/DEEJAYING AND THE KNOWLEDGE THAT COMES WITH GRASS ROOTS COMMUNITY ORGANIZING.
KUNG FU or MARTIAL ARTS of course as many HIP HOP HEADS know very well has direct ties with the culture from day one when you had Bboys doing the moves in the dance they saw in films like “Enter the 36 Chambers” and the countless hours of skipping school to go watch Movies like the Shaw Brother films like the Legendary HIP HOP group “WU Tang Clan ” did …. Saturday mornings rockers would watch Channel 5. to see some more films and study the knowledge. Many HIP HOPPAS in the 70s and 80s went into the Martial Arts lifestyle from basic reasons of self defense if they were a Revolutionary or Outlaw to competing nationwide and actively teaching on a positive note to the polar opposite of using it to vik or rob people for the latest threads and gear. The dedication of practicing martial Arts can also go hand in hand with the work ethic involved in Bboying or Emceeing or Writing and any of the elements.
at its core this work will provide GOOD POETRY with CONSCIOUSNESS to keep it simple and light.with again the acknowledgement of the impact of Martial Arts or Kung Fu on HIP HOP and myself - “Chief69”
@TFS_beats: Thur at @creativitykids $20 2.5hr #beatmaking #djing lessons w/ @djladyfingaz @darealdibiase #HipHopEd #sf http://t.co/1jqHrTW2kJ @creativitykids @phillipdrummond @poetiqbeetz @phillipdrummond @mistahgram @ihumunkulus Buy tickets here: http://www.creativity.org/nightlife @darealwordsound
Develop your skills as an artist with the Style Master, Enrique PART ONE Torres. During this FREE nine-week course students will receive their own personal black book and learn various graffiti techniques such as lettering, penciling and color theory. Several guest speakers will also impart professional development knowledge from various creative industries. Upon the conclusion of the course, Hi-ARTS will present an exhibition of work at our space in East Harlem/El Barrio.
NEW VIDEO BY HEIR JORDIN
Although Black History Month comes to a close as of this Friday, a five-year-old rapper out of East St. Louis, Ill. is keeping the torch lit with his debut video. Heir Jordin, a pint-sized rapper with a big message, comes forth with his new track “Proud History” and might make a few of you proud out there with his earnest effort.
Heir Jordin, born Jordin Jackson-Prince, is the son of rapper Ramel “RT-Faq” Prince of the group Doorway, also out of East St. Louis. Heir Jordin’s focus on “Proud History” is built around the young MC rapping about iconic figures from the annals of Black History such as President Barack Obama, Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. among others. The video, which premiered on Doorway’s…- See more at: http://hiphopwired.com/2014/02/24/heir-jordin-proud-history-video/#sthash.vNkZ0Ssf.dpuf
At only 16 years old, music producer WondaGurl is making a name for herself. After he huge success with landing on Jay Z’ Magna Carta Holy Grail, she shares how she produced Travis Scott’s “Uptown” in FL Studio.
The SchomburgCenter for Research in Black Culture seeks to hire a part-time Curriculum Writer for a two-year grant-funded position. The Curriculum Writer will report to Deirdre Hollman, Director of Public Education.
General Description: Over two years, the Curriculum Writer will work with the Schomburg Center’s Education Department and lead consultants to develop a Hip-Hop History Curriculum aimed at increasing historical literacy among high school-aged youth.