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Doug E. Fresh, Consequence, Melyssa Ford On Board Howard U’s 2nd Annual Hip-Hop Symposium

March 27, 2007 by  
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(Akiit.com) Pioneering rapper Doug E. Fresh will deliver the keynote address at Howard University’s 2nd Annual Hip-Hop and Higher Education Symposium, which takes place on campus this Friday (Mar. 30).

This year’s theme is “Hip-Hop for the 21st Century: Bridging the Gap Between the Academy, the Industry and Underground Hip-Hop.”

The event, which is free and open to the public, is being sponsored by The Moorland Spingarn Research Center of Howard University, which is a repository of black history and culture.

In addition to Doug E. Fresh, the 2nd Annual Hip-Hop and Higher Education Symposium will feature appearances by rapper Consequence, BET’s 106 & Park hosts Terrence J and Rocsi, Gabriel “Asheru” Benn, Dr. Jared Bell, Shakir Stewart (Sr. VP of A&R, IDJMG), Melyssa Ford and other Howard university faculty and students.

“The Hip-Hop And Higher Education Symposium will be history in the making,” symposium coordinator Joshua K. Wright told AllHipHop.com. “Howard University is attempting to begin a new era in higher education by creating the first college minor in Hip-Hop in the nation. The number of black men attending and graduating from college still lags behind that of whites and black women. Too many of our young black men are falling victims to streets and prison. A minor in Hip-Hop could encourage more black men to attend and graduate from college.”

Wright, a Doctoral Student in History, said the goal is develop program over the next three years, which he hopes will serve as a model for other historically black colleges and universities.

“A number of high schools, colleges and universities are offering courses on Hip-Hop. Educators, nationwide, have realized that Hip-Hop is a vital tool that can be used
to advance the scholarship of learning. Most importantly Hip-Hop continues to be a voice for many young black Americans and other minorities throughout the country. Hip-Hop provides the voice for today’s youth that previous generations found in the civil rights and black power movements.”

Below is a schedule of the day’s events:

10-11:30 am “Hip-Hop is Dead? The Current State of Hip-Hop” featuring Gabriel “Asheru” Benn and Michael Holman
12-1 pm Keynote: “Hip-Hip for the 21st Century” featuring Doug E. Fresh (MC: Terrence J and Rocsi)
1-2:30 PM “Make it Happen: Business Skills for the Hip-Hop Generation” featuring Greg Watkins (AllHipHop.com), Shakir Stewart, and Consequence
1-2:30 pm “Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation” Book signing in Howard University Bookstore featuring Natalie Hopkinson and Natalie Moore
3-4:30 pm “The Wire & the Media’s Portrayal of Urban Black Males” featuring Dr. Jared Ball and celebrity guest
4:30-6 pm “Sex, Violence, & Disrespect: What Hip-Hop has done to our Women” featuring Melyssa Ford and Rocsi.

By Nolan Strong

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