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Hip-Hop Word Count Friendraiser: Raps, Data Visualizations, Drinks & Piñatas.

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Rap Research Group #4 The (Im)Possibility of Quantifying Art & Metaphor in Rap

As part of The Hip-Hop Word Count project, Tahir Hemphill hosts a series of Rap Research Groups which make for lively and casually moderated discussions between Rap enthusiasts, historians, creative technologists, cultural critics, linguists, teachers, MC’s and academics.

Rap Research Group #4 will met on Wednesday, January 19th at Eyebeam Technology Center 540 West 21st St.

7:00PM Discussion: The (Im)Possibility of Quantifying Art & Metaphor in Rap w/ Tahir Hemphill.

Photos by Raafi Rivero

Rap Research Group #3: Migratory Aesthetics

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As part of The Hip-Hop Word Count project, Tahir Hemphill hosts a series of Rap Research Groups which make for lively and casually moderated discussions between Rap enthusiasts, historians, creative technologists, cultural critics, linguists, teachers, MC’s and academics.

Rap Research Group #3 will meet this Wednesday, January 5th at Eyebeam Technology Center 540 West 21st St.
6:00PM for the screening of: Slingshot Hip-Hop
7:30PM for the discussion: Migratory Aesthetics – A Working Model for International Hip-Hop w/ Zuhirah Khaldun.

Rap Research Group #2: Is Hip-Hop Just A Euphemism For A New Religion?

As part of The Hip-Hop Word Count project, Tahir Hemphill hosts a series of Rap Research Groups which make for lively and casually moderated discussions between Rap enthusiasts, historians, creative technologists, cultural critics, linguists, teachers, MC’s and academics.

Rap Research Group #2 will meet this Wednesday, December 15 at Eyebeam Technology Center 540 West 21st St at 7:30.

The discussion on Religion is presented by Reverend Sekou – Is Hip-Hop Just A Euphemism For A New Religion? The pre-requisite reading material is below.

Spiritual not Religious: Hip Hop, Spirituality, and the Future of the Black Church
Written by Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou

Spiritual but not Religious
One hot June afternoon on the eve of Tupac Shakur’s birthday, we gathered in the fellowship hall of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey. The hall was suited for about 200 people but well over 500 people crammed in the space. Cameras and reporters swarmed and hovered as Hip Hop and young movement celebrities give selective interviews and posed for photojournalists and daunting fans alike. Reporters seemed stunned at the fact the words of “Hip Hop” and “politics” were being used in the same sentence. The occasion was the National Hip Hop Political Convention (NHHPC).

In the midst of a pivotal Presidential election of 2004, over three days, 6,000 or more youth activists, organizers, Hip Hop authors and journalists, and a few clergy gathered to contemplate the role of Hip Hop in American politics. The opening event of the convention at Mt. Zion Baptist sought to bridge the infamous generation gap.
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Rap Research Group #1: Masculinity

As part of The Hip-Hop Word Count project, Tahir Hemphill hosts a series of Rap Research Groups which make for lively and casually moderated discussions between Rap enthusiasts, historians, creative technologists, cultural critics, linguists, teachers, MC’s and academics. The schedule is as follows:

December 1: Masculinity. Sam Han – On the Looming Crisis of Masculinity in Hip Hop…and why it’s a good thing http://is.gd/h5u8V

December 15: Religion. Reverend Sekou – Is Hip-Hop Just A Euphemism For A New Religion?

January 5: Migratory Aesthetics. Zuhirah Khaldun – The Blueprint: An Inner City Model For International Hip-Hop

January 26: Cultural Analysis. Tahir Hemphill – The (Im)possibility of Quantifying Art & Metaphor in Rap

I’m Presenting at the GE/Seed Visualization Marathon.

Visualization Marathon

Hip-Hop Word Count x Conflux Festival = Hip-Hop Tourette’s


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Hip-Hop Tourette’s is a learned neuropsychiatric disorder with onset in adulthood, characterized by multiple physical and vocal tics. After significant years spent listening to Rap music these tics often times include coprolalia involving rap lyric references in response to conversation and changes in environment. Hip-Hop Tourette’s re-contexualizes New York City with Rap lyrics.

Conflux is the annual New York festival for contemporary psychogeography, the investigation of everyday urban life through emerging artistic, technological and social practice.

CINEMA {} POESIS @ Emily Harvey Foundation Friday 30 April 2010

CINEMA {} POESIS

William Stone and Seth Carnes together for an unprecedented evening of film and poetry. The Emily Harvey Foundation is located at 537 Broadway at Spring Street.

Borish Solo Exhibition ‘Elegy’

Elegy

Benjamin Rojas’ new series of paintings & illustrations focuses on the mourning poems of a post 1492, contemporary, brown America. Dope Art, Papusas & Tall Boys.

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