dam in ny tonite.

Date: Monday, 26 April 2010
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Held Auditorium (Room 304), Barnard College
(3009 Broadway)

Hasan Salaam
Shadia Mansour

From Palestine to NY to the UK, this panel and performance will address the power of conscious hip-hop and hip-hop as a social movement.

How is/can hip-hop be used as a tool to mobilize, empower and raise awareness on the struggles of oppressed people? How powerful is hip-hop as a means of advocacy: speaking out against war, genocide, conditions in the ghetto and the life of poverty? How can this powerful art form transcend boundaries, break down walls and stereotypes, and provide understanding among marginalized communities throughout the globe? Does the rise of hip-hop among marginalized groups internationally demonstrate an important trend?

Hip-Hop emerged as an innovating artistic form in the late 1970s in New York City. Historically, it has been a way for marginalized communities, specifically Blacks and Latinos, to express the struggles of their people and to highlight local problems to a global scale. Now there is a growing hip-hop movement amongst Arabs, both domestically and internationally, who use it as a means to express the struggles of their people. This panel will discuss the importance of this global dialogue and how it can be used as a space for unheard voices to be recognized.


**Entrance fee: $5

Sponsored by the Arab Student Association at SIPA, Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine, TURATH, LUCHA, MSA, the Black and Latino Student Caucus, International Socialist Organization, and NYU Students for Justice in Palestine.

Email us at columbiasjp@gmail.com for more information

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