Hampton, Va.— The Hampton University School of Liberal Arts presents “The Art of Hip-Hop: Do You Still Love H.E.R?” a two-day event discussing the state of hip-hop and its influence among the minority communities, on Wed., Feb. 11 to Thurs., Feb. 12 in various locations on campus.
H.E.R stands for “hearing every rhyme.”
“We hope to raise awareness of the hip-hop culture and the position it holds in today’s society,” said Dr. Linda Malone Colon, dean of the HU School of Liberal Arts. “Today, the hip-hop movement has engendered many questions some of which has to do with its vitality and or decline. This two-day event will allow us to look critically on its overall impact."
The event includes conversations about the state of hip-hop and its influence among minority communities, student and local artwork influenced by hip-hop culture, panel discussions, a town hall meeting, and a showcase production entitled, “The Evolution of Hip-Hop.”
Speakers include Brandon “Real T@lk” Williams, hip-hop artist; Karega Bailey ‘08 poet and motivational speaker; Erica “RivaFlowz” Buddington ‘09, former HBO Def Jam poet and current program director at the Harlem’s Children Zone; DJ/Emcee Dynamax of Ice-T's Rhyme Syndicate and Zulu Nation's Hipstep Massive Cultural Ambassador; Wil LaVeist of WHOV; Barbara Hamm Lee of WHRO; and many others.
The event will honor Frederick Brandon Williams, better known as Freedom Williams, the former front man and co-founder of the international multi-platinum selling group C&C Music Factory. Freedom has sold over 8 million records and has performed around the world. The Brooklyn-native has written several children’s books, history chapters, and screen plays.
The event is free and open to the public and students.
Wed., Feb.11, McGrew Towers
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m Art Gallery Showcase
Thurs., Feb. 12, Student Center Ballroom
10:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Panel Discussions
3:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Town Hall Meeting
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Evolution of Hip-Hop Showcase
For more information, contact Idonia Barrett at 757.727.5733 or Idonia.Barrett@hamptonu.edu.