From Vices to Verses: A New Era of Hip Hop & Action

This free, three-day hip-hop conference at the U —with a $6-for-students Dead Prez show on Saturday at the Cabooze —brings the activist spirit behind B-Girl Be and the Twin Cities Celebration of Hip Hop to campus. This means more intellectuals, but also more hands-on workshops: Drumming, hypnosis, aerosol art, poetry, rapping, and popping and locking are among the breakout sessions. Former Green Party vice presidential candidate Rosa Clemente, author Bakari Kitwana (who wrote The Hip Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African-American Culture), and renaissance poet-playwright-choreographer Marc Bamuthi Joseph are the keynoters. Author Alexs Pate (of In the Heart of the Beat: The Poetry of Rap), filmmaker Rachel Raimist, the Current's Kevin Beacham, rapper Maria Isa, local hip-hop legend TruthMaze, filmmaker Dereca Blackmon, poet Desdamona, author Mahmoud El-Kati (of The Hiptionary), scholar Melisa Riviere, and dozens of other notables from here and around the country people the panels, workshops, and live sets. To register and for a complete schedule visit (Pictured: Bakari Kitwana and Rosa Clemente (photo by BFresh Photography and Media))
Fri., April 9, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat., April 10, 9-1 a.m.; Sun., April 11, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., 2010

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