Doug E. Fresh, Consequence, Melyssa Ford On Board Howard U’s 2nd Annual Hip-Hop Symposium

Pioneering rapper

Doug E. Fresh will deliver the keynote address at Howard University’s 2nd Annual

Hip-Hop and Higher Education Symposium, which takes place on campus this Friday

(Mar. 30). This

year’s theme is "Hip-Hop for the 21st Century: Bridging the Gap Between the

Academy, the Industry and Underground Hip-Hop." The

event, which is free and open to the public, is being sponsored by The Moorland

Spingarn Research Center of Howard University, which is a repository of black

history and culture. In

addition to Doug E. Fresh, the 2nd Annual Hip-Hop and Higher Education Symposium

will feature appearances by rapper Consequence, BET’s 106 & Park hosts

Terrence J and Rocsi, Gabriel "Asheru" Benn, Dr. Jared Bell, Shakir

Stewart (Sr. VP of A&R, IDJMG), Melyssa Ford and other Howard university faculty

and students. "The

Hip-Hop And Higher Education Symposium will be history in the making," symposium

coordinator Joshua K. Wright told "Howard University is attempting

to begin a new era in higher education by creating the first college minor in

Hip-Hop in the nation. The number of black men attending and graduating from college

still lags behind that of whites and black women. Too many of our young black

men are falling victims to streets and prison. A minor in Hip-Hop could encourage

more black men to attend and graduate from college."Wright,

a Doctoral Student in History, said the goal is develop program over the next

three years, which he hopes will serve as a model for other historically black

colleges and universities. "A

number of high schools, colleges and universities are offering courses on Hip-Hop.

Educators, nationwide, have realized that Hip-Hop is a vital tool that can be

usedto advance the scholarship of learning. Most importantly Hip-Hop continues

to be a voice for many young black Americans and other minorities throughout the

country. Hip-Hop provides the voice for today’s youth that previous generations

found in the civil rights and black power movements."Below

is a schedule of the day’s events: 10-11:30

am “Hip-Hop is Dead? The Current State of Hip-Hop” featuring Gabriel

“Asheru” Benn and Michael Holman 12-1

pm Keynote: “Hip-Hip for the 21st Century” featuring Doug E. Fresh (MC:

Terrence J and Rocsi) 1-2:30

PM “Make it Happen: Business Skills for the Hip-Hop Generation” featuring

Greg Watkins (, Shakir Stewart, and Consequence 1-2:30

pm “Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation”

Book signing in Howard University Bookstore featuring Natalie Hopkinson and Natalie

Moore 3-4:30

pm “The Wire & the Media’s Portrayal of Urban Black Males”

featuring Dr. Jared Ball and celebrity guest 4:30-6

pm “Sex, Violence, & Disrespect: What Hip-Hop has done to our Women”

featuring Melyssa Ford and Rocsi.

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