Expand your knowledge and learn about hip hop’s rich history and global cultural currency with these informal talks with food and friends.


Welcome to  the Hart House Hip Hop 101 Café.  Whether you’re a sneakerhead or a novice, an emerging fan or an old school expert, we’ve got a  hip hop  conversation for you!

Hip Hop 101 Café is a space created for students to come together  and explore  how hip hop infuses  all parts of our  everyday culture. Peer- and community-led conversations in this space will leave you with a deeper appreciation of  a shared community and  a greater understanding  of how  hip hop  culture continues to influence our world.

Everyone is welcome. Bring a friend and drop by the Hart House Hip Hop 101 Café in the Map Room. Refreshments will be served.

Topics we will explore through the Hip Hop 101 Café series:

  • The Evolution of Hip Hop: Then, Now, Next
  • Hip Hop through an Indigenous Lens
  • Hip Hop, Women and Gender Dynamics:
  • Hip Hop and Criminal Justice
  • The Economics of Hip Hop
  • Hip Hop, Faith and Spirituality

Socialize, get down, and let your soul lead the way.

Afrika Bambaataa

For this session:

Hip hop started as a movement dedicated to peace, community and understanding. It is an artistic practice that was, by original design, supposed to be equitable and inclusive. 

From the very early days of hip hop, women have been participants and practitioners of the art. Roxanne Shanté, the Queen of Rap, released her first hit single in 1984. Queen Latifa and Monie Love were putting "Ladies First" since 1989.  B-girls like Baby Love innovated on the dancefloor, and Lady Pink had her celebrated graffiti art all over NYC.

But why haven't more women been acclaimed and celebrated in the same manner as the men?

A critical eye can see how negative systemic forces have held back some of the brightest voices and creative talents of hip hop culture. Women and gender non-conforming artists have been battling, not only MCs on the mic and break-dancers in the cypher, but sexism, hegemonic masculinity, and industry-wide biases that have created far too many barriers towards greater success.

Join us as we discuss some of the issues facing women in hip hop, and unpack the subjects surrounding gender, feminist perspectives, and artistic representation.

Special Guest Facilitator

More about Hip Hop Education Program at Hart House

Hip Hop Education at Hart House will support our values of representation, collaboration and social justice to explore and provide platforms for key principles of hip hop and its importance in our everyday culture on all three campuses.  Recognizing  hip hop  as a powerful global influencer, Hart House seeks to create unique opportunities for students and community to engage hip hop education and artistic expression.

Event Metadata

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  • Date: Thu, Nov 28, 2019
  • Time & Duration: 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm (EST) (1h)
  • Cost:
    • General Admission


  • Venue:
    Hart House
    7 Hart House Cir,
    Toronto, ON M5S 3H3
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  • Room: Map Room (1039)
  • Note: Topics and guests are subject to change.