author and Hip-Hop activist Bakari Kitwana has collaborated with the Community
Technology Foundation of California to kick-off Rap Sessions, the first national
tour that explores race and Hip-Hop.
Rap Sessions presents a multiracial panel of Hip-Hop experts who will tour the
nation to engage youth and community leaders in candid, compelling conversations
about the Hip-Hop cultural movement and the emerging racial politics of our
“What the nation witnessed in the 2004 presidential election relative to
youth was only the beginning,” Kitwana said. “This is a generation
of young people that is deeply concerned about the future of the nation and
wants to get involved. These community dialogues are designed to give young
people a forum and to help them find ways to expand the Hip-Hop movement beyond
the traditional confines race.”
The tour is geared toward targeting the Hip-Hop generation, young Americans
who have lived their entire lives in post- segregation era, and engaging them
in discussions around the new paradigm of race relations and social justice
as expressed through Hip-Hop arts.
The groundbreaking tour will conduct interactive community dialogues in ten
cities across the nation.
authors: Hip-Hop journalist and ethnic studies professor Oliver Wang, (Classic
Material: The Hip-Hop Album Guide); Tufts University sociology professor Raquel
Z. Rivera (New York Rican From the Hip-Hop Zone); Spoken-word poet and novelist
Adam Mansbach (Angry Black White Boy); and award-winning Hip-Hop photographer
Ernie Paniccioli (Who Shot Ya?: Three Decades of Hip-Hop Photography).
The 10-city tour starts March 8, 2006 in Buffalo, NY. For more information about
Rap Sessions, log onto: www.rapsessions.org.