Hip Hop for a Different Future

Hip HopThis series of events features critical conversations with artists, scholars, educators and activists on hip hop, decolonization, liberation, spirituality and preferred futures.


A joint initiative of Hart House, Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office, First Nations House and Multi-Faith Centre for Spiritual Study & Practice

Hip hop culture is a manifestation of the radical imagination of Black and Brown youth coming of age in post-industrial South Bronx in the mid-1970s, an era marked by massive joblessness, defunding of schools and youth spaces and programs, the expansion of the prison industrial complex, and the militarization of urban space (Akom, 2009; Rose, 1994). These youth dreamed of a different future, liberation for their communities and for themselves, and began building toward it innovatively, resourcefully and defiantly. Hip hop emerged as a site for creativity, play and insurgency, countering alienation and disillusionment by engaging youth with humanizing discourses and cultural practices (Akom, 2009; Williams, 2008). Hip hop is anti-racist and de-colonial as a cultural movement, art form, educational philosophy and way of being.


Hip Hop for A Different Future: Event Line-up

Black Liberation: A Conversation with Jasiri X

Students, hip hop headz, historians and social justice actors—join the conversation with hip hop artist, educator and community organizer Jasiri X.
: Wed., Feb. 24, 6 pm
Where: Presentation Room, University of Toronto Mississauga
Cost: Free / More info >>

Hip Hop for a Different Future: Decolonization, Spirituality and Social Transformation

A multi-billion dollar industry, hip hop has defined a generation and moves across race, age and place with its influences on popular culture and personality identity. With this initiative, we aim to highlight the lived experience of indigeneity amongst Black and First Nations people, and bring together diverse audiences, experts, artists and community animators in a shared space.
: Thurs., Feb. 25, 6:30 pm
Where: East Common Room, Hart House
Cost: Free / Complimentary light refreshments / More info >>

Rhyming for Black and Indigenous Liberation: A Conversation Between Two Emcees

Join us in welcoming two emcees—Jasiri X and Shibastik—in conversation on the fifth element, the interconnected struggles of Black and Indigenous peoples, spirituality, activism, and engaging youth.
When: Fri., Feb. 26, 2 pm
Where: Music Room, Hart House
Cost: Free / Refreshments provided / More info >>