Hip Hop, Spoken Word and Liberation (October 2017)

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Hip Hop, Spoken Word and Liberation (October 2017)


Do you have deep concerns about to social, political, economic realities we face in society? Are you concerned about anti-intellectualism and access to education that inspires critical thinking? What are the intersections between capitalism, the prison industrial complex, the military industrial complex, entertainment and dominant culture? Let's explore these questions through creative writing, an examination of history, Hip Hop Culture and dialogue.

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Mondays, October 2, 9, 16, and 30th (skips 10/23) || 7:00-9:00pm
Hatch || 2420 NE Sandy Blvd.
4 weeks, $189 || Limited to 20 students || Scholarships Available

In this course, we will explore the social, political, and  economic realities we face in society through creative writing, history, Hip Hop Culture and dialogue. Collectively we will explore questions, solutions, and possibilities for the future.

Week 1. Introductions and intro to content, overview, dialogue. Critical context; about this moment in history. Birth of Hip Hop, death of the middle class.
Week 2. Deconstructing Hip Hop as a reflection of dominant culture, how to find rhythm, voice and write in a 16 bar rap format. Rubble Kings Documentary.
Week 3. Rubble Kings documentary, Rap as poetry, writing prompts and free writing, sharing our work.
Week 4. Power of the word, consciousness, intent and politics of using Hip Hop and poetry as a tool and a weapon.

Crenshaw was voted Portland’s Best Hip Hop Artist in 2016 and is one of the most respected artists in the Northwest.  In addition to his highly-acclaimed work in spoken word and rap, Mic co-founded GlobalFam and Education Without Borders, to create and maintain a computer center for youth in Burundi, Africa. Over 400 people have received free training.