Foundation

What is Hip Hop?

A Voice. An experience. A witness to the human experience.  

Righteous

Healing

Human

authenticity

social emotional intelligence

curiosity

love

improvisation

compassion vocie grace

temperant

anger

being human

grit

expression

social justice

vehicle

youth urban experience

authentic protection of hip hop

stigmatized drugs cans violence blocks

not for money but communication and experience

understand evolution, don't commercialize but allow to evolve

organic original raw

youth centerd

emotional development

nerdy

for everyone affluent poor white black 

confidence

education

civics

economics journalism

transformation

transcend

has its own problems not perfect

engineering

isn't all on media is down low

Black & brown tradition w human based universal ideas

intersections w other issues

Born out of cultural struggle in the Bronx, NY during the 1970's, hip hop represents today's iteration of the historical Black and Brown legacy entrenched within American society. Despite being comprised of five fundamental elements, deejaying, emceeing, breaking, graffiti, and knowledge, hip hop culture has evolved throughout time to center the ever-changing issues of our culture. 

In today's world, hip hop is commercially and culturally personified as destructive, vulgar, and impure. Often associated with crime, materialism, and patriarchal norms, the media depicts hip hop in a selective light, ignoring the broader social context of its culture and the countless individuals and communities who use it as an innovative vehicle for change. Overt racial stigmas and violent systemic racism have further contributed to hip hop culture's

bad reputation In reality, however, hip hop has the ability to transcend barriers and become an engine for self-expression, education, emotional intelligence, civic engagement, social justice, healing, community, and love.