This workshop gives a brief historical time line of black & brown liberation struggles and resistance through the origins and roots of hip hop. What has been the role of art / hip hop in social struggles? What is hip hop (defined as a culture) and what are the elements that make hip hop? Through various creative exercises, music presentations and discussion we will reignite the imagination with art / hip hop to bring forth solutions and tactics for social change.
featuring performances by spiritchild along with Miky, Prince Akeem and Phyre of Art Start.
2pm in the Center for Gender, Sexuality, and Activism (basement of the GSU)
spiritchild, as he is known, is a freedom singer from the south Bronx by way of Brooklyn, who uses the arts to cultivate a cultural revolution. He integrates activism and hip hop into music production and workshops. He is a member of the Universal Zulu Nation and the founder of the International Movement In Motion Artist & Activist Collective. As the Rhythmic Poet of the Hip Hop Fusion Band Mental Notes, he uses his music to converse with his audience to the injustices facing the poor and oppressed and inspires action on environmental and social justice issues in New York City and around the world. He is an instructor for recording, writing and production at several public schools throughout New York, and facilitates the process of personal and artistic development internationally on seasonal tours in Afrika, South East Asia, Europe and elsewhere.
spiritchild has produced, recorded and performed with award winning grammy nominee Maya Azucena, legendary Les Nubians, The Last Poets & Gil Scott-Heron’s Midnight Band, spoken word Nuyorican poets champion Ainsley Burrows, The Coup, X-Vandals & Ricanstructions very own N4P to name a few.
Balance has been created between the personal and artistic development by engaging and working with the youth through hip hop pedagogy as program director of Youth Offender Outreach and Emerging Artist and Residency programs at Art Start and continuing the work at outside Juvenile Detention Facilitates and alternative to incarceration programs. He has also worked with intellectually disabled and psychologically diagnosed adults in the Bronx providing counseling and coordinating events and activities pertaining to the culture of Hip Hop.