Hip Hop culture is a manifestation of the radical imagination of Black and Brown youth coming of age in post-industrial South Bronx in the mid-1970s, an era marked by massive joblessness, defunding of schools and youth spaces and programs, the expansion of the prison industrial complex, and the militarization of urban space (Akom, 2009; Rose, 1994). These youth dreamed of a different future, liberation for their communities and for themselves, and began building toward it innovatively, resourcefully and defiantly. Hip Hop emerged as a site for creativity, play and insurgency, countering alienation and disillusionment by engaging youth with humanizing discourses and cultural practices (Akom, 2009; Williams, 2008). Hip Hop is anti-racist and de-colonial as a cultural movement, art form, educational philosophy and way of being.
This series of events features critical conversations with artists, scholars, educators and activists on Hip Hop, decolonization, liberation, spirituality and preferred futures.
Presented by the Multi-Faith Centre for Spiritual Study & Practice, First Nations House, Hart House and the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office at the University of Toronto.
Sponsored by Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society
February 24, 6 p.m. Presentation Room, Student Centre, University of Toronto Mississauga
Black liberation: A conversation with Jasiri X.
Moderator: Professor Beverly Bain, Women and Gender Studies, Department of Historical Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga
February 25, 6:30 p.m. East Common Room, Hart House
Hip Hop for a different future: Decolonization, spirituality and social transformation
Panelists: Dr. Mark V. Campbell, Hawa Y. Mire and Jasiri X
Moderator: Dr. Kyle T. Mays, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
February 26, 2 p.m. Music Room, Hart House
Rhyming for Black and Indigenous liberation: A conversation between two emcees
Panelists: Shibastik and Jasiri X
Moderator: Professor Karyn Recollet, Women & Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto