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Our Tribute to Amiri Baraka-Things We Should Never Forget About Him By Davey D
Many are still reeling from the news of playright, author, activist, educator Amiri Baraka going home to the ancestors yesterday…Considered the father of theBlack Arts Movement, the world lost a great treasure, a pioneering figure and inspiring individual who touched multiple generations all around the world, including here in the Bay Area where he had strong ties.
We gathered up some material to help people reflect on Baraka’s legacy and life. Hopefully it moves people to pause, reflect and build upon some of the artistic,  political and philosophical endeavors he laid down.. All of us should be re-reading his ground breaking book Blues People which was written under his given name Leroi Jones.It is a key foundation to understand Black music and expression.
We should all go back and look at 1964 play The Dutchman which was an allegorical tale for …[READ MORE]
Jan 13, 2014 / 1 note

Our Tribute to Amiri Baraka-Things We Should Never Forget About Him By Davey D

Many are still reeling from the news of playright, author, activist, educator Amiri Baraka going home to the ancestors yesterday…Considered the father of theBlack Arts Movement, the world lost a great treasure, a pioneering figure and inspiring individual who touched multiple generations all around the world, including here in the Bay Area where he had strong ties.

We gathered up some material to help people reflect on Baraka’s legacy and life. Hopefully it moves people to pause, reflect and build upon some of the artistic,  political and philosophical endeavors he laid down.. All of us should be re-reading his ground breaking book Blues People which was written under his given name Leroi Jones.It is a key foundation to understand Black music and expression.

We should all go back and look at 1964 play The Dutchman which was an allegorical tale for …[READ MORE]

Aug 10, 2013 / 2 notes

Kool Herc: We are Still Here on the Block as Hip Hop Turns 40 This Weekend

By Davey D

August 11 1973 should be a day all of us remember, but sadly many have not.. It was on that date that two siblings Clive and Cindy Campbell decided to do a back to school party in order to raise some money for school cloths and supplies.  The party took place in the rec room of their apartment building on 1520 Sedgwick Ave in the West Bronx..  It would be the first of many parties the pair would throw..

Cindy was a budding entrepreneurial  type who was good organizer who was the backbone to putting this party together. Her brother Clive was a hulking athletic type who had access to his father’s speakers, and a nice collection of funky records including pristine cuts from his idol James Brown.

It was at this party that Clive who was just starting to deejay and had taken on the nickname Herc, short for Hercules, would introduce a new style of deejaying that would eventually take hold and change the world.  What he did was repeat..

READ MORE: http://hiphopandpolitics.com/2013/08/09/kool-herc-we-are-still-here-on-the-block-as-hip-hop-turns-40-this-weekend/

Jan 17, 2013 / 3 notes

Schooling Hip-Hop

The University of Arizona has introduced a minor in hip-hop studies. Does this represent a watering down of the traditional curriculum or a brave new intellectual turn?

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  • Charles Johnson (Los Angeles, CA) Blogger
  • Davey D (Oakland, CA) Hard Knock Radio Host; Teaches Black Music & Hip-Hop at San Francisco State University
  • Alexander E. Nava (Tucson, AZ) Professor of Religion; Taught First Class on Hip-Hop at University of Arizona
  • Imani Perry (Princeton, NJ) Professor at the Princeton Center for African American Studies
  • John Turner (Indianapolis, IN) Professor at Ivy Tech Community College
Panel discussing Hip-Hop Beyond The Expected Tomorrow at Cleveland State University featuring Dave ‘Davey D’ Cook, Bakari Kitwana, Suave Goddi and Dr. Caroline Jackson Smith.  April 5th at noon. http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/photo.php?fbid=10150253406273222&set=a.112972538221.119442.704778221&theater
Apr 4, 2011

Panel discussing Hip-Hop Beyond The Expected Tomorrow at Cleveland State University featuring Dave ‘Davey D’ Cook, Bakari Kitwana, Suave Goddi and Dr. Caroline Jackson Smith. April 5th at noon. http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/photo.php?fbid=10150253406273222&set=a.112972538221.119442.704778221&theater