Don’t Believe the Hype: The Radical Elements of Hip Hop

Don’t Believe the Hype: The Radical Elements of Hip Hop is an exhibit showcasing the five elements of hip-hop culture: graffiti writing, breakdancing, deejaying, emceeing, and knowledge production—utilized to speak truth and justice to social ills in the United States and beyond. Collaborative and participatory

— the exhibit integrates faculty and student-driven scholarship, creativity, and curation to showcase the conscious roots of hip-hop culture as an important narrative role in telling a corrective history of urban life in the face of racism, classism, and sexism.

“Don’t Believe the Hype” is the work of Dr. Jenell Navarro and Cal Poly student curators in collaboration with Kennedy Library. Student curators explored each of the elements and placed them under a campus and regional lens to showcase the conscious roots of hip-hop culture.

Exhibit runs:
April 12 to June 15, 2018 @ Kennedy Library, 2nd floor

Opening reception:
Thursday April 19, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. @ Kennedy Library, 2nd floor
The opening reception will feature live performances representing all five elements of hip hop — graffiti writing, breakdancing, deejaying, emceeing, and knowledge production.
• DJ Greenleaf on the turntables
• SLO Breakers
• Jeremiah the Prophet
• Flak Mob
Parking: Metered parking available in the H2a lot adjacent to the library. More parking info can be found at the Visitor Info Center.

In collaboration with:
Robert E. Kennedy Library • Ethnic Studies Department • Architecture Department

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1 Grand Avenue, building 35, 93407
San Luis Obispo
19 April , Thursday 16:00

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