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Hip Hop and Politics For the Youth

Posted May 13, 2008 4:16 pm (about 2303 days ago)

By Daniel D. Zarazua Recently, The Rap Sessions Tour came to Oakland Unity High School, in Oakland, CA. The panel has appeared at universities ranging from Harvard to Stanford and we were the first high school they addressed, which was pretty cool. The topic was Hip Hop and the 2008 Presidential Election. The participants tend to vary and for this one performer/activist M-1 of dead prez, political organizer Angela Woodson, professor Dr. Dawn-Elissa Fischer, activist Rosa Clemente, and performer Rico Pabon (whose wife, Ms. Ramos, works at our school) sat in on the discussion while author Bakari Kitwana moderated. The audience was predominately seniors, nearly all of whom were African American or Latino. Topic-wise, everything from sexism to voting was covered. After the panel discussion, a question and answer session took place, which included an impromptu performance by one of our students. Below are student reflections on the panel. The overwhelming response was positive and as a teacher I’m super glad that we were able to make this happen. In the teachers’ defense, as you read the feedback, some students made it sound like this was the first time they ever got to talk about sexism in pop culture or were given inspirational words. That’s certainly not the case, but as long as they responded to someone, it’s good! Hopefully we can do this again next year. Read article

The Rap on Mr. Duey

Posted April 16, 2008 12:43 am (about 2330 days ago)

By Brandon Greene Michigan-based teacher puts together a CD to help students learn basic skills and as a teacher and hip-hop fan, it's good! My boy Brandon Greene of Las Vegas shared this piece about Mr. Duey's efforts to educate the youth! Read article

Hip Hop Education 101

Posted September 10, 2007 1:37 am (about 2549 days ago)

By Daniel D. Zarazua Educator Marcella Runell Hall gives an overview of how hip hop is being used in the classroom, across the country, as well as some of the controversy. I'm way late on posting this article, which came out nearly a year ago on Vibe magazine's website. Sorry Marcella! Read article

Chuck D urges educators to understand and utilize hip-hop

Posted July 2, 2006 11:07 pm (about 2984 days ago)

By Mary T. Nguyen Article about Hip Hop and Education Institute at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Clevelan. Click here for the original version. Read article

Hip Hop in the Classroom: Light Some Fires!

Posted March 30, 2006 8:28 am (about 3078 days ago)

By Selena Dieringer A paper by a student at Hamline University in Minnesota about using hip hop in the classroom. She addresses both sides of the issue and includes thoughts by many educucators, including yours truly! Read article

Hip Hop High

Posted March 26, 2006 11:15 pm (about 3081 days ago)

By Eric Hellweg The musical language of the street has new fans: teachers, who are using it as a classroom tool. A feature article in the August 2005 edition of the George Lucas Foundation's magazine Edutopia. On a side note, the intro says that we're new fans of hip hop. The thing is, hip hop is old enough that many of us teachers were fans before we were even abel to be teachers! Read article

Songs in the Key of Life

Posted March 18, 2006 10:56 am (about 3090 days ago)

By Juan Gomez A recent interview featuring yours truly regarding hip hop and education. Also featured here are The DJ Project and David Castillo AKA DJ Chango. This article appeared in the August 2005 edition of the Rasputin Manifesto the magazine of one of the largest independent music stores in the United States. Check out the original version of the article at Rasputin Music. Thanks to Juan "Meat" Gomez for the interview! Read article

Hip-Hop Education Summit Brings Hip-Hop Into The Classroom

Posted March 13, 2006 12:47 pm (about 3095 days ago)

By Unknown November 2005 issue of The Ave. Magazine.-There has always been a school of thought amongst hip-hoppers that this art form could be used to not only entertain but to educate. With such a vast audience and universal appeal, older school artists like KRS ONE, Public Enemy and Queen Latifah used their music as "edutainment," spreading social and political messages to eager listeners. More recently, hip-hop artists have brought things a step further, like Kanye teaching a songwriting class at Chicago State University or Common writing a children's book. Read article

He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper

Posted March 13, 2006 12:46 pm (about 3095 days ago)

By Rachel Swan "The teenagers in Jeff Feinman's DJ Project are equally adept at making beats and running board meetings." A feature article from the June 15, 2005 edition of the East Bay Express. The article's focus is on the aforementioned project and features some quotes from yours truly! Read article