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Get a Daily Dose of Dopeness from 8-9PM EST

All sessions are live webinars unless otherwise noted. 

Recordings of the sessions will be available 2-3 days after the live session.

Check our our Facebook page to see the livestream recordings.

BREAK THE BOX: THE SOULFUL SUNDAY PROJECT

APRIL 27

Azmera Hammouri-Davis, Sidney Tchanyoum, Charles Anderson, Tiffany Harrison

The Soulful Sunday Project was born when staff members came together at a camp to provide a space for students to learn and express themselves. This workshop will introduce you to the project.

HIP HOP AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

April 28

Eduardo Svart, SaulPual, Bianca Neal

Learn how three artists and educators are making music in and about the prison systems in the US and Chile.

HEALING THROUGH HIP HOP: THE INTERSECTION OF ART, EDUCATION, AND REVOLUTION IN COMMUNITIES OF COLOR

April 29

Jason Acosta & Vincent Deas

Learn about and engage in interactive activities that encourage the development of socio-emotional and pedagogical supports to inform educators how to position hip hop as a tool for learning.

SPECIAL ED: I'VE GOT IT MADE! REMIXING THE MYTHS OF DISABILITY FROM DEFICITS TO STRENGTHS

April 30 (pre-recorded session)

Katie Caster

Explore how to empower students with disabilities and remove the stigma of learning diversity in marginalized communities using Hip Hop to counter the existing narratives of deficit. 

#HAPPYVISM: RESISTANCE THROUGH LEANING INTO LIGHT

May 1

Ryan Parker & Justis Lopez

Join two educators and lyricists as they take you on a lyrical journey centered on acknowledging your joy, your light and the necessity of embracing your authentic self in the midst worldly turmoil as an act of resistance!

#MOVEMENTMONDAY: HIP HOP DANCE IN HIGHER ED

May 4

Jazelynn Goudy & E. Moncell Durden

Join this cypher conversation with professors teaching Hip Hop dance in colleges across the country.

HIP-HOP FUTURISM: ELEVATED FREQUENCY BINAURAL BEATS WHERE ALCHEMY AND ART MEET

May 5

Tasleem Jamila Firdausee

We will take a deeper look at the history and current state of music created with trailblazing futuristic sacred science and sound waves that promote infinite possibilities to re-invent the world.

BRING THE NOISE! EDUCATIONAL IMPACT OF RAP & ART

May 6

Shon McCarthy, Ph. D.

Experience how rap music and arts transformed student engagement and academic progress in high school and college.

INVOLUNTARY IMMIGRANT: BLACK IDENTITY IN AMERICA

May 7

James "SoSoon" Gantt

SoSoon will use video, rap and traditional storytelling to guide discussion around the black male experience in America.

#FORTHECULTURE FRIDAY: MCS DROP BARS & KNOWLEDGE

May 8

Red Shaydez & Randy Mason

Two MCs drop bars and knowledge, sharing their craft and passion for the culture. (Be ready for some freestyle magic.)

 
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MEET THE SPEAKERS

Keeping it FUNdamental with these artists & educators!

 
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AZMERA HAMMOURI-DAVIS

Artist & Educator

IG: @azmerarhymes

Azmera Hammouri-Davis | Harvard University Masters of Theological Studies ’20

 

RESOURCES FROM OUR PRESENTERS

 

2020 CAN'T STOP HIP HOP COMMITTEE

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ARMONI EDWARDS-MOODY

HHEX Programming Intern

Miss "I Stay Ready"

Armoni Edwards-Moody, a Southern Belle straight from Atlanta, GA, is a current student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education studying how to bring healing and hope to children of color through dance. She has had the privilege of serving as an intern for HipHopEX Lab this year and is excited to share in this moment of community with folks.

PARASTOO MASSOUMI

Playlist Wizard

Parastoo Massoumi is a 2nd year PhD student in Education at Harvard University. She served as a Teaching Fellow for Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: Understanding & Embracing Hip Hop Education in Fall 2019 at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She fell in love with hip hop at the age of 4 when she first heard Naughty by Nature's "Hip Hop Hooray" on family trips to see her cousins. Her love for Hip Hop grew throughout her childhood and further cemented in college when she learned about its history, culture, and the sociopolitical issues it engages with and brings to light. As an educator, she has used hip hop as a tool to empower the critical consciousness and voices of her students. She believes that hip hop pedagogy is a powerful tool to empower our youth and to transform our society across many systems of oppression!

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NAJ TURNER

Accidental Freestyle Flow Goddess

Naj was born in Freeport, IL. She later moved to California where she completed middle school through college- Go Bruins! Naj is a current student at Harvard Graduate School of Education pursuing licensure in school adjustment counseling. Her greatest desire is to open a health & wellness center that destigmatizes & provides mental health care to families of color. She also enjoys writing, listening to music, analyzing shows & movies, and eating Mexican, Italian & Soul Food.

ELLA WECHSLER-MATTHAEI

Keep it Real Specialist

Though Ella Wechsler-Matthaei is her given name, she goes by Ms Ella, and trust you can't limit this being to one discipline. As a dancer and choreographer, she has trained since the age of five and has professionally performed with various Soca artists, which led her to found Soca Fusion LLC. Ms Ella has also put time into her musical gift, debuting "My Time" in 2019 and releasing her debut EP "3•3•3" in 2020, which is available on all platforms. While one may think that her plate is full, Ms Ella has also dedicated many years to teaching a self-curated Hip Hop performing arts curriculum to youth of the Cambridge and Boston areas. All in all, Ms Ella is living out her dreams, passions, and truths, while doing her best to provide space for youth and adults to claim their inner knowing and light, so we can all shine bright in this life!

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YINRU LONG

Head Nod Champ

Originally from Jiangxi, China, I am currently enrolled in the Prevention Science and Practice program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. I fell in love with HipHop in high school and have been trying to write songs expressing myself. As an amateur songwriter, I uploaded them both in SoundCloud and a Chinese music streaming platform called Netcase Music. I really love HipHop and I’m super honored to be a part of this year’s HipHop Education Conference. Looking forward to all the online conversation series!

Low Key Hi Key Dope MC

Hailing from Hawaii, Azmera Hammouri-Davis, aka the poetic theorist, is a spiritual practitioner, artist and organizer concerned with matters of the heart. She is the founder of Break The Boxes, an Arts education organization that builds cultural competency through Capoeira and Poetry as tools for youth and community development. She is also on teaching instruction with the Blackyard Elementary School in Cambridge, and a 2nd year Masters of Theological Studies candidate at Harvard University.

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