Black August Hip Hop Project, a documentary directed by writer and filmmaker dream Hampton, in association with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, intends to raise awareness about political prisoners in the United States and abroad. Filmed over a 10-year span, Black August Hip-Hop Project takes us to New York City, Cuba, and South Africa.
Most of today’s black artists, plugged into the corporate money machine, are reluctant to speak truth to power
by Tricia Rose
In a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, the legendary entertainer and long-time political activist Harry Belafonte spoke frankly and courageously about the current state of injustice and inequality in the world. His comments included a lament that has sparked some debate:
"I think that one of the great abuses of this modern time is that we should have had such high-profile artists, powerful celebrities. But they have turned their back on social responsibility. That goes for Jay-Z and Beyoncé for example. Give me Bruce Springsteen and now you’re talking. I really think he is black."
Is this a fair assessment of the current state of black celebrity? It is undeniable that today’s top black artists and celebrities have the greatest leverage, power, visibility and global influence of any period. It is also true that few speak openly, regularly and publicly on behalf of social justice. Most remain remarkably quiet about the conditions that the majority of black people face.
“Gimme dat beat fool, its a full-time jack move” – Ice Cube in Jackin’ for Beats off the Kill at Will EP.
Game has been sued for $100,000 by a producer over a beat used on his highly successful California Republicmixtape.
According to TMZ, the producer, Infamous, claims he gave Game the beat to “SkateOn” in 2010, shopping the beat to him in hopes Game would use it. Infamous alleges he never heard from the Compton rapper but his beat was used on the free mixtape without his consent.
Infamous, who stated that he generally charges $20-25K for a beat, says he reached out to Game, via a letter, in April, but did not get a response.
Which leads me to my next question: Is the Mixtape format dead in Hip-Hop?
CALLING ALL NON-SAG ACTORS for "SHOWTIME", A GREEN BROTHERS Production
Seeking NON-SAG Actors for 30 minute film entitled “SHOWTIME”, a coming of age story about two boys in their senior year of high school who earn money by dancing on subways. One of them likes a girl and their friendship is tested as a result. Will air on BET. Send pics/resume ASAP with character name in subject heading to firstname.lastname@example.org. Auditions IMMEDIATELY. Shoots August in NYC. Copy, credit, meals provided. Rashaad Ernesto Green, dir. Reinaldo Green, prod. GREEN BROTHER FILMS
ANDRE: 17 (LEAD) African-American, tall, ruggedly handsome, kind hearted, smooth, soft spoken quiet confidence. MUST dance street style hip-hop.
ROCCO: 16 (LEAD) Latino, average height, thin frame, extrovert, boisterous. MUST dance street style hip-hop.
NICOLE: 17, Latina or African-American. Very attractive, intelligent, hip & confident.
KHADIM, BINTU, CHARLES: 15-18, African-American & Latino schoolmates. Spirited, hip, young men. Hip-hop dance experience a plus.
Acting experience a plus, but not necessary. Looking for actors who are raw, talented, edgy, and passionate. Send pics/resume with character name in subject heading ASAP to email@example.com.
Background The Hip-Hop Education Center (HHEC), Columbia University’s Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME), and New York University’s Metropolitan Center for Urban Education (Metro Center) are issuing a call for papers that will address central themes of interest to teachers, activists, academics, and organic intellectuals. The call for papers encourages the submission of conceptual papers, quantitative and/or qualitative research papers, as well as case studies and practitioner contributions that creatively suggest solutions to the following themes and questions:
Defining the Field - What is Hip-Hop Education? What does Hip-Hop pedagogy include?
Standardization - How can we pay respect to the Hip-Hop pioneers and acknowledge emerging and seasoned practitioners in the field?
Evaluation - Can we use traditional evaluation methods to measure the impact of Hip-Hop Education programs? What is the most effective method(s) for evaluating Hip-Hop Education programs?
Sustainability - What effective funding models exist?
Accountability - What effective infrastructure models exist that hold practitioners accountable?
Certification - What should a Hip-Hop teaching certificate look like?
Fifth Element - How does Hip-Hop negotiate the relationship between resistance and education?
Action Research Projects - What youth action research projects in classrooms make the best impact?
Professionalization - Can Hip-Hop Education be professionalized as a field? What would it gain? What would it lose? How do artists, teachers and students negotiate power within their organizations?
Archiving and Preservation - What methods, tools, and resources exist/should be in place for archiving and preserving Hip-Hop-based education?
Select papers will be featured on the HHEC’s website under our Critical Issues from the Field Series. Selected paper authors will also have the opportunity to give a 20 minute presentation based on their paper at the Think Tank II meeting, Laying the Foundation: Defining The Field, Establishing Goals, and Creating Standards on Sunday, November 11, 2012 from 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Teachers College Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Columbia University. In addition, we will consider submitted papers for inclusion in a book series edited by Dr. Ernest Morrell on Peter Lang Press focusing on “Black Studies and Critical Thinking” (BSCT) that is dedicated to issues related to Hip-Hop Education within their organizations.
Paper Submission and Review Process Authors should electronically submit papers for review of up to 10,000 words/20 pages including endnotes, images and citations. Papers should be double-spaced using the 12 point Times New Roman font. Please submit your papers by August 31, 2012to Casey Wong at firstname.lastname@example.org. Papers will be selected and authors will be notified and invited to the Think Tank II meeting by September 31, 2012.