In April 2018 Emerson College will host a series of events to highlight and harness hip-hop’s transformative power within communities of color. As evidenced by Emerson student protests in the fall semester and the Boston Globe series on race, Boston and Emerson need hip-hop now more than ever.
Why? Because more than a music genre, hip-hop is a way of life that continues to be a powerful tool to bring light to social issues. It also promotes individual healing, and it assists the restoration and rebuilding of communities decimated by systemic oppression.
April 1, 12pm to 5pm, Cabaret, 52 Summer St
Rebirth Vol. 1 A Dance Competition
"Rebirth Vol 1" is an Open Styles Dance Battle Event otherwise known as a "Jam". It will be the first Jam ever hosted at Emerson College! It serves as the major kickoff event beginning a month long series of hip-hop workshops, panels, discussions and general programming across campus.
April 19, 12pm to 8pm, Bill Bordy Theater, 216 Tremont St
2018 Social Justice Academy: Hip-Hop Artivism
Engage with the elements of hip-hop throughout the day. The Social Justice Academy (SJA) is an annual event that brings students together for a day of social justice training. With a new focus each year, the 2018 SJA theme is Hip-Hop Artivism i.e. the intersection of hip-hop, the arts, and activism. Stop in for one or a few sessions, or stay the entire day. Either way, we look forward to seeing you there.
April 21, 7:30pm, Bright Family Screening Rm, 559 Washington St
I Gotta Have It Film Screening
This full-length documentary accompanies Boston Hip-Hop legend Edo.G's latest Album FreEDOm. It is an in-depth look into his journey through the music industry highlighting his life and career touring the world and making a positive impact with his music.
April 23, Bright Family Screening Rm, 559 Washington St
6pm Reception & Artifacts Gallery; 7pm Screening & Discussion
Looking forward to Weldon Irvine
Director of "Digging for Weldon Irvine", Victorious De Costa, presents a sneak peek of the forthcoming music documentary; including excerpts, photos, music, art and other media curated specifically for this event. Also in attendance for Q&A/Talkback are the Executive Producer of the film, Joe 'G-Clef' Cavaseno, Writer Angelika Beener and the subject of the film's son & namesake, Weldon Irvine III. The panel discussion will be moderated by Jay Quan, Hip Hop Historian, Lecturer & Archivist.
Sponsored by EAGLE, ECAPS, Emerson Hip-Hop Society, Student Affairs, Student Engagement & Leadership, Student Success, Office of Housing & Residential Life, Emerson Hip-Hop Society.