Hip Hop Social Justice & Well-Being Week

The purpose of the University of Central Oklahoma’s Hip Hop Social Justice & Well-Being Week is to provide a sense of belonging and empowerment for students, validate their lived experiences through shared vernacular and aesthetic communication, and expand the institutional worldview of hip hop’s role in combating social justice issues. 

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Monday- April 23

Bettina Love, Ph.D
Award-winning author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice
University of Georgia

GET FREE: Creativity, Hip Hop Civics Ed, Intersectionality and Black Joy
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Nigh Univeristy Center 301

Dr. Love will discuss how Hip Hop Civics Ed, when linked to the framework of intersectionality creates a space where Black lives matter and analytic sensibilities are nurtured to engage students in the work of fighting for visibility, inclusion, and justice.

For more information on Dr. Bettina Love, visit http://www.bettinalove.com/

Tuesday, April 24

Ahmad Washington, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development at The University of Louisville

Perfectly Maladjusted: Envisioning Hip Hop as a Space for Righteous Indignation and Cathartic Community Healing
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Education Building  115

Dr. Washington will discuss some of the ways that certain Hip Hop artists (e.g., Queen Latifah, Sa-Roc, Lupe Fiasco) have conceptualized oppressive social conditions and verbalized resistance work through Hip Hop culture, on and off stage.  Dr. Washington will pay particular attention to how and why these articulations are best understood as collective forms of creative maladjustment meant to mediate systemic injustice and cultivate spaces of cathartic healing in a chronically sick society.
For more information on Dr. Ahmad Washington, visit, https://louisville.edu/education/faculty/washington/ahmad-washington

Album Discussion – 4:44 by Jay Z

Hip Hop Book Club (HHBC)

6p.m. - 8 p.m. | Center for Transformative Learning

Hip Hop Book Club (HHBC) is a monthly discussion accessing the musical contributions within hip-hop from various artists. They are not a "book club" in the literal sense.Instead, they discuss impactful albums/projects, in the same manner, you would discuss them within a traditional book club. Hip Hop Book Club is designed to both educate and stimulate discussion amongst those who are influenced by the culture. After all, it has been said many times that art imitates life; and hip hop is the soundtrack to our day to day lives. Join them in their latest installment where they will cover Jay-Z's 13th studio album, "4:44."

Wednesday, April 25

9th Wonder
Grammy Award Winning Producer, DJ, College Lecturer, and Social Activist

Duke University These are the Breaks
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Education Building 115

9th Wonder will discuss the underworld of sampling in hip-hop, bridging its connection to various music generations through the exploration of vinyl, and the use of vinyl sampling and improvisation. 
For more information on 9th Wonder, visit http://www.9thwonder.com/

Beat Battle with Special Guest Judge- 9th Wonder.
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Academy of Contemporary Music Lab

The University of Central Oklahoma’s (UCO) Office of Diversity & Inclusion, in collaboration with the UCO Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) will have the first ever Beat Battle.  The beat battle is an opportunity for producers who make music to showcase their beats and production expertise to the public and guest judge, 9th Wonder.  Faculty, staff, students, administrators and community members at large, are invited to attend this free event.

The competition is open to ACM students and producers from across the state of Oklahoma, as well as surrounding states. We currently have enough participants. Thank you for your interest!

Information about the Beat Battle

Thursday, April 26

Stevie JohnsonAssistant Director, Diversity Retention, UCO
Doctoral Student at the University of Oklahoma

DJ View Presents The Space Program:  Prereqs & Upsets
2 p.m.- 4 p.m. | Education Building 115

Mr. Stevie Johnson will present and release The Space Program: Prereqs & Upsets, which is an audio-recorded demonstration that centers the voices of a Black male, collegian collective who researched the ways hip-hop culture shapes or redefines their lived experiences at predominantly white institutions (PWIs).  A seven-track mixtape, inspired by A Tribe Called Quest’s track “The Space Program,” the project stems from the idea that Eurocentric ways of knowledge consumption do not sufficiently incorporate the epistemological or ontological worldview of people of color, particularly Black males. In short, The Space Program collective sonically, ingeniously and empirically provides a new “space program” for hip-hop scholarship and praxis, both in the academy and the community.

Ebony Smith- Trap Yoga Instructor
8 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Wantland Hall

Trap yoga is a style of yoga that combines the physical asana practice with trap music, a type of hip-hop that originated in Atlanta, Georgia. Ebony Smith, a Dallas-based yoga instructor will provide a welcoming environment for individuals, empowering the yogis while promoting holistic wellness.