Hip hop is a cultural form cultivated from evolving Black aesthetics drawn from ancestral culture and spirituality from West Africa. At the heart of hip hop is rhythmic expression drawn from ancient rituals that directly connect to indigenous ways of living and being. Hip hop practices like freestyling and beatboxing in a cipher echo the drum circles found in indigenous cultures around the world. In addition, the power of the rhythm reflects our heartbeat causing us to respond with rhythmic movement and dance. This session will explore these powerful cultural and spiritual realities in hip hop to unveil a depth of meaning to the culture that lies beneath the materialistic pop cultural forms. The facilitator will be Dr. Amer F. Ahmed.
Thursday, March 26 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Carter Hall, D