22 January 2010
Hip Hop - Lectures
Selwyn Seyfu-Hinds discusses his book, Gunshots in My Cook-Up: Bits and Bites from a Hip-Hop Caribbean Life,. In it, Hinds shares an insider's view on the world of hip-hop music and the dramatic lives of its celebrities. Part memoir, part cultural critique, he traces the heights and depths of his hip-hop love affair and hip-hop's indelible impact on American culture. 29mins 02 secs
Professors and artists discuss how hip-hop is now being used to encourage political engagement.
Rap music continues to draw an economically and racially diverse constituency of young people who grow more and more serious about such hot-button issues as police brutality, healthcare, and joblessness. Turning away from the misogyny, materialism, and violence that are sometimes associated with their music, members of the hip-hop generation are making serious inroads toward harnessing the power of a unique movement to foster social responsibility. 1hour 13 mins
Moderated by Isaiah Jackson, various panelists come together to discuss the politics, identities and cultures that have been emerging from the hip-hop movement.
In its varied aspects, hip-hop embraces music, art, and dance. Emerging in the early 1970s from the African American and Latino communities of the Bronx, hip-hop culture has evolved into a creative force drawing an economically and culturally diverse international audience. Defying controversies and negative labels associated with hip-hop, artists and activists are increasingly collaborating to move hip-hop in the direction of greater political engagement and social responsibility. Today, hip-hop has the potential to serve as a positive agent for change at the community and national levels. 1 hour 24mins