OVERVIEW OF #WHATtheBLEEP as a Movement, Tour & National Forum
“They mine metals for the phones killing trees for the loose leaf/
I write raps on both to tell you what it do, g/”
– Mike Wird, Soul Pros, Regenerative Lifestyles and Hip Hop Congress
WHAT IS #WHATtheBLEEP ABOUT?
Do you know what the 1996 Telecommunications Act and how has it influenced culture in the United States?
Have you ever heard of Lyric Committees, and the story of how record labels try to control artists money?
Why haven’t artists truly been successful in organizing as a labor force when so many of them are working in our schools, youth centers, prisons and organizations?
And most importantly, what the (bleep) happened to Hip Hop?
Hip Hop Congress and Move to Amend and are partnering to present: “What the Bleep Happened to Hip Hop?”, a public education campaign seeking to raise awareness of the dangerous power corporations currently wield over the hip hop industry specifically, and over our society in general.
We invite you to join us on May 1st and 2nd, 2015 when this unique collaboration arrives in Los Angeles, CA. During the day on May 1st, 2015, we will have educational panels and participatory conversations, followed by an artist showcase that night. We will close with a People’s Movement Assembly on Sunday that connects to the United States Social Forum.
The cultural terrain of society, is a crucial battlefront in the struggle for social justice. Culture retains it’s dynamism by reflecting and creating consciousness. Exploitation and oppression have always been synonymous with popular culture from D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation to the struggle of the media justice movement in the late 90’s. The United States of America, long heralded as a melting pot has also been acknowledged as virtual factory for the commodification of culture and the production of a facsimile of culture that greatly resembles the McDonalds of thought, art music and humanity.
Hip Hop Congress is an international grassroots organization dedicated to evolving hip hop culture by inspiring social action and creativity within the community Move to Amend is a national campaign to amend the US Constitution to abolish the court-created legal doctrines of corporate constitutional rights and money equals speech. Both organizations are explicitly committed to anti-racist and feminist organizing principles, and challenge us to organize, create and assert our humanity.
The “What the Bleep Happened to Hip Hop?” is a movement for the culture producer of America, to have their voices heard. In order to have a thriving culture, we must be willing to create and represent the truths about ourselves and our communities. This means directly challenging those who have appropriated our culture for means of producing profit. Inclusivity is the heart of this event and we aim to shine a critical lens on race, class and gender in contemporary American culture. This is your opportunity to share, explore and describe “What the Bleep Happened to Hip Hop?” and what we’re collectively going to do about it.
To RSVP for the Educational Forum or the PMA please contact Shamako Noble at [email protected]
Jessica Munger at [email protected]g
Dione Johnson at [email protected]
What: What the Bleep Happened to Hip Hop
When: Friday May 1st, 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Saturday May 2nd, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Where: Southwest College,
1600 W Imperial Hwy, Los Angeles, CA 90047
Room: SSEC 309
WTB Educational and Panel Discussions:
Panel Facilitator: Shamako Noble, Hip Hop Congress, US Social Forum
Friday, May 1st Draft Schedule
10:00am-11:00am Opening and Welcome
11:00am-1pm National Panel and Discussion
1pm-2pm Lunch and Networking
2pm-4pm Local Panel and Discussion
4pm-6pm “Open Mic” Collective Feedback and Processing
What the Bleep National Panel:
Mic Crenshaw-African Hip Hop Caravan, Hip Hop Congress (Confirmed)
Jessica Munger-Move to Amend (Confirmed)
Tina Bell Wright-Southwest College ,Urban Teachers Network
Reali Robinson, Founder Hip Hop Congress, Soulbound Records (Confirmed)
Rahman Jamaal, Rap Force Academy, Hip Hop Congress (Confirmed)
Leila Steinberg (Invited) Entertainment Attorney, Community Activist
What the Bleep Local Panel:
Daniel Lee-Move to Amend (Confirmed)
Kingsley Manassa-Epsilon Project (Confirmed)
Timeka Drew-Global Climate Convergence (Confirmed)
Antoine Banks-LASC Hip Hop Congress (Invited)
Jose Gutierrez-The California Conference For Equality and Justice
Kenny Crush (Invited)
Fight For Fifteen Rep (Invited)
Sunday Schedule-WTB People’s Movement Assembly
The goal is to create collective, realistic, and timely solutions, action plans and next steps to address critical challenges in our global communities, in relation to culture and policy.
What is a People’s Movement Assembly:
10:30-11:00 Review of previous Days Materials
11:00-11:30 Small Group-Question Set 1
1) What does healthy culture look like, and is there a genuine desire/need for it to exist? What is our vision for a healthy culture?
11:30-12:00 Small Group-Question Set 2
2) What does community control of culture look like? What does the struggle over culture look like?
12:00-12:30 Working Lunch: Presentation From Nora Rahimian-CultureFix/The Accountability Project (Invited)
12:30-1:00 Small Group-Question Set 3
3) What are the systemic changes and transformations that have to take place in order for us to make that happen? What are the institutions and structures that must be built in order for us to make that happen?
1:00-1:45 Report Back and Next Steps
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