Thursday, May 5th, 2005

Hip-Hop Aesthetics

Just got back from Santa Barbara and Oxnard. A big shoutout to the fam at UCSB, especially Jonathan Kim at KCSB, Luniya Msuku at the MCC, DJ Soulspeak, Kofi, Jim, Professor Flacks, Elizabeth and Maricela. Much love, much appreciation.

Strength and power to the youths of South Oxnard, who are dealing with a lockdown by police and administrators at Channel Islands High this week, and to all those fighting the Oxnard gang injunction personally and collectively. (More info here.) Big shout to the folks at the KEYS program, and to Mr. Terrazas at CI High, but especially Michael Shuman and Tomas Hernandez. Can’t stop won’t stop.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be hosting discussions around hip-hop and aesthetics. Come check out the Hip-Hop Theater Festival, including an illuminating discussion on Hip-Hop in Theater and Performance on Saturday with Traci Bartlow, Javier Reyes, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and Kamilah Forbes.

(Also, the same day…a Berkeley tradition: the ninth annual Hip-Hop In The Park, this year featuring the Procussions and The Frontline, whose new version of Who R U–entitled Now U Know–is out Tuesday!)

And on May 18, at the Bronx Museum, the topic will be Hip-Hop In Post-Millennial Visual Arts, and the moderator will be BXMA Senior Curator Lydia Yee.

Fall through!

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