Twelve Songs That Teach Hip-Hop History

“What we’re gonna do right here is go back, way back, back into time.” — Troglodite, by the Jimmy Castor Bunch Hip-Hop has always been hyper-conscious about its roots, maybe because it began with young people playing, and then rapping over, older music. Hip-hop artists of all stripes are constantly sampling, referencing, and quoting artists

The Organic Globalizer: Hip-Hop, Political Development, and Movement Culture

Edited by Christopher Malone and George Martinez New York: Bloomsbury, 2014. 296 pp. $29.95 (paperback). I am thrilled to announce that today marks the release of the new book, The Organic Globalizer: Hip-Hop, Political Development, and Movement Culture, which includes a chapter I co-wrote on hip-hop and youth cultural organizing. The book is an important

From Hip-Hop to Hip-Hope: The Good Life Organization

“Schooling basically looks at the students as if they are not bringing in knowledge…Education says that every young person has experience that is valuable, that needs to be accessed.” — Roberto Rivera, President and “Lead Change Agent,” Good Life Organization This week I got hooked up with a hot organization based out of my old

Profile: Arts & Democracy Project

“The Arts & Democracy Project builds the momentum of a cultural movement that links arts and culture, participatory democracy, and social justice. We catalyze and support cross-pollination between sectors, cultures, and generations.” If you run across an online dialogue between activists and artists who you never suspected would connect, or a national gathering of cultural

Culturally Sustaining Civics: Questioning the Civic Achievement Gap

  Every generation, it seems, worries that the next one is not as politically active as it should be. But, in recent decades, a new concern has emerged: “gaps” in civic knowledge and participation in the US along lines of race and class. According to a number of researchers, youth from low-income Communities of Color score lower

Art in a Time of Emergency

Photo: Mirror Shileds at Standing Rock, Designed by Cannupa Hanska Luger These days, it seems like we are in a constant state of emergency. Last week’s terror attack against anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville is only one in a string of local, national, and international crises. Whether its a police shooting, an illegal pipeline project, a