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Rap Sessions Collaborates with The Jamestown Project For Harvard University Kick-off
Global Hip-Hop and Economic Recovery National Tour
May 11, 2010 (Los Angeles, CA)—Rap Sessions: Community Dialogues on Hip-Hop announces a national tour focused on global hip-hop, the recent recession and economic recovery efforts.
Rap Sessions teams up with the Harvard Law-based think tank, The Jamestown Project to present its fifth annual national discussion tour. The series of national townhall meetings unites a diverse panel of leading hip-hop activists, artists and youth civic engagement experts to engage youth and community leaders in interactive conversations about the ways hip-hop’s entrepreneurial impulse can overlap with national and international economic recovery and democracy-building efforts.
Targeting the hip-hop audiences, young and old, these discussions are designed to inform youth about the various ways the current economic shift affects them personally. Equally important, these discussions seek to expand upon effective hip-hop business and social entrepreneurship success models.
“The nation continues to debate the impact of the current economy on corporate banks and local governments. What about its impact on the generation of young people destined to inherit a radically changed nation and world?” asks Bakari Kitwana, the Executive Director of Rap Sessions. “With the world currently recovering from one of the deepest recessions in the last half century, now is an opportune moment to consider hip-hop’s economic survival strategies.”
Reflecting on high youth unemployment rates, escalating college-tuition and the job crisis facing cash-strapped college graduates, Kitwana added: “Now more than ever, we need our youth to think more broadly about global economics, democracy, diversity, community activism, innovation and new models of leadership.”
Throughout 2010, Rap Sessions’ interactive community dialogues will convene in ten cities across the United States. Panelists include: M-1 (one-half of the hip-hop duo dead prez); Blitz The Ambassador (Ghanaian hip-hop artist); Toni Blackman (Global Hip-Hop Ambassador, US State Department); Hip-Hop educator Martha Diaz (president of The Hip-Hop Association and Global Hip-Hop Film Festival); Columbia University Associate Professor Marc Lamont Hill (Political contributor to the Fox News Channel and author of Beats, Rhymes and Classroom Life); youth organizer Keisha Senter (Director of Clinton Global Initiative University); Ben Herson (founder of the global hip-hop record label Nomadic Wax); and youth entrepreneur expert Darryl Williams (The Kauffman Foundation).
Bakari Kitwana, the moderator of these discussions, is co-founder of the first ever National Hip-Hop Political Convention and the former editor of The Source. His book The Hip-Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African American Culture has been adopted as a coursebook at over 100 colleges and universities across the country. A consultant for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Kitwana has been acknowledged as an expert on youth culture and hip-hop politics by CNN, Fox News, CNBC, BET and other leading news outlets. His writings have appeared in the Village Voice, The New York Times, The Nation, Savoy and the Boston Globe. The 2008 Artist-in-Residence at the Center for the Study of Race Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago, he’s currently Senior Media Fellow at the Jamestown Project. Hip-Hop Activism in the Obama Era is his most recent book.
For more information about Rap Sessions, log onto: www.rapsessions.org .
For information about The Jamestown Project, log onto www.jamestownproject.org .
10th; Minneapolis, MN
16th; Seattle, WA
28th; Boston, MA
9th; New York, NY
14; Cincinnati, OH
28th; Columbus, OH
24th; Los Angeles, CA
2nd; Nashville, TN
9th; St. Louis, MO
12th, Tuscaloosa, AL
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