Expand your knowledge and learn about Hip Hop’s rich history and global cultural currency with these informal online talks.


Welcome to the Hart House Hip Hop 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 Café is a space created for students and community to come together and explore how Hip Hop is infused into our everyday culture.  Peer and community-led conversations in this space will leave you with a deeper appreciation and a greater understanding of how Hip Hop culture continues to influence our world.

Basketball is Hip Hop. Hip Hop is basketball. It’s no way Hip Hop would be around without basketball

Quavo | Rapper, Producer

For this Session

Hip Hop and Basketball share an undeniable common culture. There's connective tissue between the social roots, style, and worldviews from which a majority of Black athletes and artists see their sport and their craft entwined.

Join us as we engage members of the sports media community, and our online audience, in this unique and timely dialogue. Our special guests include renowned sports writers and broadcasters Kayla Grey of TSN and Donnovan Bennett of Sportsnet.

Now, more than ever, Hip Hop and basketball are expressing a new, even stronger commonality; the need to get loud and speak truth to power regarding the systemic racism and social injustices Black individuals and communities face on a daily basis. Much like conscious rappers and Hip Hop communities surrounding them, we're seeing professional basketball using its voice and power to help shape the conversations around racial justice and social change.

U of T hip-hop conference highlights virtual storytelling, activism.

Canada's National Observer, Read the article.

Special Guest Facilitators

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  • Date: Thu, Nov 12, 2020
  • Time & Duration: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm (EST) (1h 30m)
  • Cost:
    • FREE

  • Venue: Online via Zoom