Representin' Ghana - Blitz The Ambassador FREE SHOW!
Blitz the Ambassador and The Mighty Embassy Ensemble will be performing Live on the Columbia University campus on March 31st as part of the Art of Healing showcase. The show includes special guests La Bruja and Queen Godis. This Event is Free to both Students and Non-Students and open to All Ages. Blitz will be performing new material from his upcoming project ‘%u0186man-ba’ (Native Son) which is due out Summer 2010 and songs from his critically acclaimed debut STEREOTYPE which is in stores now.
Latino Flow - Tres leyendas, Tres historias: La Re-Evolución del Hip Hop Latino
Siete Nueve (Puerto Rico) El Meswy (Spain) Bocafloja (México)
Hosted by Calle Cardona from La Conekta
Music by DJ Laylo & Sucio Smash
Special Guests: Eli Efi (Brasil) Mikki Flow (Cuba) Delaceiba (Honduras) Division X (DR) Reph Star & Patty Dukes (DR/PR)
This gathering of artists from across the Latin American diaspora represents some of the best the genre has to offer.These artists embody the independent spirit, thriving in their respective countries and in sister cities across the United States. The leaders of this rap genre bring their own brand of swagga to the Studio stage for the first time. International beats brought to you by DJ Laylo and Sucio Smash will make this a rare night at the Studio at Webster Hall not to be missed!
H.E.L.P.! - Hip Hop Educational Literacy Program by Gabriel "Asheru" Benn
Nas and his father Olu Dara bridge the generation gap in their family and in music by highlighting the links between rap music and its predecessors, jazz and the blues.
H.E.L.P., or the Hip Hop Educational Literacy Program, offers cutting edge supplemental reading workbooks developed around the lyrics of popular Hip Hop songs. H.E.L.P. is designed by an experienced team of educators in order to provide culturally responsive teaching materials that motivate students to read and improve literacy skills.
Created out of the need to close the achievement gap, H.E.L.P. uses high interest reading workbooks that incorporate real world connections to improve literacy while bridging demographic, cultural, language, and achievement gaps.
Each H.E.L.P. Student Guide workbook includes sixty (60) reading and writing activities that are aligned to the National Reading Standards. H.E.L.P. workbooks are designed for use by all types of students, functioning across all reading levels to improve literacy skills of whole classes, small groups and individual students. H.E.L.P. will enrich, supplement and reinforce instruction and provide motivating reading material for use in schools, homes and after school programs.
Each H.E.L.P. student workbook has a corresponding Teacher Guide which includes, an artist biography, annotated lyrics, vocabulary word list, multiple intelligence activities chart, suggested reading list, writing rubric, answer key and student assessment.
H.E.L.P. will improve student engagement and student achievement! Package Options for each H.E.L.P. Book: A: Student Guide - 72 pages with 60 activities $14.95 B: Teacher Guide w/ Assessment - 44 pages with Answer Key $19.95 C: Reading Group Package - 10 Student Guides, 1 Teacher Guide w/Assessment *A SAVINGS OF $19.95 OFF THE COVER PRICE! $149.95 D: Classroom Package - 25 Student Guides, 1 Teacher Guide w/Assessment *A SAVINGS OF $125 OFF THE COVER PRICE! $268.69
Interational Hip-Hop Event - Trinity College International Hip-Hop Festival
Hip-Hop Icon will Celebrate 5th International Hip-Hop Festival with Trinity College
KRS-One, Acclaimed Artist and Activist, will Perform at the Student-Created Festival
Hartford, Conn. - KRS-One, an iconic hip-hop artist, activist, and pioneer, will headline the 2010 International Hip-Hop Festival at Trinity College, in celebration of the fifth year of the largest festival of its kind in the United States. The weekend-long festival, free and open to the public, features performances, lectures, graffiti artistry, and a break dance battle with a $1,500 grand prize.
A Bronx, N.Y. product, KRS-One (“Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everybody”) has had three Billboard Top 100 singles and has cemented himself as a hip-hop icon with his influence on the art, his outspoken criticism of violence in hip-hop, and his passion for hip-hop as a political movement. In 2008, KRS-One (Lawrence Parker) was a recipient of a BET Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his work as a pioneer of hip-hop music and culture, and for his effort toward the Stop the Violence Movement, which he formed in 1988 in response to excessive violence in hip-hop.
In addition to a performance by the internationally acclaimed KRS-One, Trinity welcomes The reMINDers, a husband and wife duo (Belgium/Congo/U.S.); Nomadic Massive, a multilingual and multicultural Montreal-based group; Anita Tijoux, a Chilean emcee and vocalist; DAM, the first and foremost Palestinian group; Shokanti (Cape Verde); Wagëblë (Senegal); Flex Mathews (Washington, D.C.); Trinity alums, Self-Suffice and Zee Santiago; DJ Nio (Italy); and DJ Boo, as well as artists and educators, Readnex Poetry Squad, and DJ H20, representing Haiti, Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the United States.
The festival will include an academic panel entitled “Global Moves: Social Change Through Hip-Hop,” featuring panelist Toni Blackman, a former cultural ambassador for U.S. state department; Gaston “Cenzi” Gabarro, a Chilean producer and activist; Marie-Agnes Beau, founder of the French Music Bureau; and Jaro Cossiga (beatboxer, Czech Republic). The panel will be moderated by Vijay Prashad, George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College. The City of Hartford Youth Services is sponsoring youth oriented workshops hosted by Readnex Poetry Squad entitled, “Hip Hop and Poetry Saved My Life,” and the Sundance Festival-nominated film, Slingshot Hip Hop, will be screened, followed by a panel discussion with the film’s director, Jackie Reem Salloum, and the Palestinian group, DAM.
In addition, local graffiti artists will be producing murals, and for the third consecutive year, the festival will hold a 2-on-2 international break dance (b-boy and b-girl) battle with a $1500 grand prize. The competition will be judged by Trac2, a pioneering b-boy.
Lets Get H.Y.P.E - H.Y.P.E.: Healing Young People thru Empowerment by Dr. Adia Winfrey
AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO WORKING WITH BLACK ADOLESCENT BOYS AND YOUNG MEN THROUGH THE EXPLORATION OF OPPRESSION AND RAP MUSIC This comprehensive manual includes the literature utilized to develop the H.Y.P.E. program, a detailed outline of the H.Y.P.E. curriculum, a Facilitator’s Guide for group implementation, and a Participant’s Toolkit (handouts). Because several components are incorporated in this book, all or segments may be utilized in multiple settings by a range of providers, including mental health professionals, youth mentors, and educators, to name a few. Check out the website: www.letsgethype.com
Forthcoming Book Release - LOVE, RACE & LIBERATION Co-Edited by JLove Calderon and Marcella Runell Hal
Groundbreaking new book co-edited by JLove Calderón and Marcella Runell Hall with writers Piper Anderson, Tanesha Barnes, Andrea Dre Domingue, and Samantha Shapses Wertheim will be released on March 24, 2010. Love, Race, and Liberation also features Love Letters for Liberation by Khalil Almustafa, Esther Armah, Hector Calderón, Richard Chavolla, Suheir Hammad, Ariel Luckey, Barbara Love, Peggy McIntosh, Pedro Noguera, Sofia Quintero, and Tim Wise and includes exclusive interviews from Danny Hoch, Talib Kweli and his father Dr. Perry Greene, M1 from Dead Prez, Sonia Sanchez, and MC Serch.
Dr. Cornel West of Princeton University describes the book by saying “Love, Race & Liberation is a grand tribute to the love of freedom and the courage to struggle for justice. Don’t miss it!” “These political times call for new pathways and visions for supporting personal and collective empowerment for social justice. Love, Race and Liberation provides a hands-on and inspiring curriculum for use in classrooms and community settings. This promises to be a critical and practical resource for youth leaders, anti-racist educators, teachers, dialogue practitioners, and community activists interested in bridging racial divides through education, sustained dialogue and action,”Ximena Zúñiga, Associate Professor of Social Justice Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst, co-editor of Readings for Diversity and Social Justice (Routledge 2010) and co-author of Intergroup Dialogue: Meaningful Learning for Social Justice (Jossey Bass 2007).
Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life - Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill
Marc Lamont Hill shares his experience teaching a hip-hop centered English literature course in a Philadelphia high school where rap music, turntablism, breakdancing, graffiti culture, and other aspects of hip-hop were incorporated into the curriculum. Drawing on that experience and on his academic work on youth culture, identity, and educational processes, Hill offers a compelling case for the power of hip-hop, not just in driving up attendance and test performance, but in helping students forge their identities in an educational setting. For over a decade, educators have looked to capitalize on the appeal of hip-hop culture, sampling its language, techniques, and styles as a way of reaching out to students. But beyond a fashionable hipness, what does hip-hop have to offer our schools? Marc Lamont Hill shows, in this revelatory new book, it is the opportunity to affect students’ lives in extraordinary ways.
Fresh Off The Press - Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop Generation by Dr. Christopher Emdin
Christopher Emdin is an Assistant Professor of Science Education and Director of Secondary School Initiatives at the Urban Science Education Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. He holds a Ph.D. in urban education with a concentration in mathematics, science and technology; a master’s degree in natural sciences; and a bachelor’s degree in physical anthropology, biology, and chemistry. His book, Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop Generation is rooted in his experiences as student, teacher, administrator, and researcher in urban schools and the deep relationship between hip-hop culture and science that he discovered at every stage of his academic and professional journey. The book utilizes autobiography, outcomes of research studies, theoretical explorations, and accounts of students’ experiences in schools to shed light on the causes for the lack of educational achievement of urban youth from the hip-hop generation.
Panmela Castro is a 28-year-old multi-media artist from Brazil who uses graffiti and street art to promote social change and awareness. Panmela Castro realizes her vision with the human rights organization Comcausa and Grafiteiras Pela Lei Maria da Penha, a project that links graffiti and urban culture to combating violence against women. Through this project, Comcausa carried out a campaign to educate disadvantaged women about the recently passed Maria da Penha Law on Domestic and Family Violence against Women, a law named after a woman who was so severely beaten by her husband that she was paralyzed for life.
To further this project, Panmela ventured into the slums of Rio de Janeiro to create murals that promote awareness about the existence of the Maria da Penha Law and to educate women about their rights under the new legislation. Panmela uses her art to extend a lifeline to victims or witnesses who were previously too afraid to speak up but are now informed of their rights, unable to ignore or avoid the messages that her murals portray about the importance of Maria da Penha and the law that has been named for her. Maria da Penha herself has been featured in some of Panmela’s work.
Along with the group that formed during the project, Panmela co-founded Artefeito, an organization that carries out social projects and uses art as an instrument of cultural transformation. Panmela believes that she can make the world a better place by using graffiti to portray messages of positive social change. In addition to studying at the prestigious Federal University Art School in Rio de Janeiro, Panmela has earned herself a place as one of the most important figures in the Brazilian graffiti movement through her socially conscious art. She has also paved the way for women graffiti artists in Brazil through the Graffiteiras BR network.
Today, Panmela travels internationally to promote Graffiteiras BR’s mission and to share her vision through lectures, exhibits, and workshops hosted by the United Nations, the OSA Art Forum, the German Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, the La Familia Ayara and the Caramundo organization. She has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Hutúz Award, the most important Hip Hop award in Latin America. Panmela continues to be active through her participation in public events, workshops, and social projects. http://vitalvoices.org/vital-voice/panmela-castro-anarkia-brazil
Young activists turn a musical trend into a political weapon
http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=17932 Hip-hop, rap and politics make strange bedfellows, but the young people of Burma have found ways of using their favorite musical styles to get their political message across. Unlike conventional pop music, the recitative nature of hip-hop and rap allows performers to change the lyrics at will, discarding anodyne romantic lines and substituting their own. The popularity of hip-hop and rap has reached the point where some young Burmese say the two pop music styles are edging out the country’s traditional satirical vehicle-Thangyat, a mix of poetry, dance and music, performed on festive occasions to the beat of a traditional drum. Read more… http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=1793