New York, NY:Hip-Hop for Justice: Voices from the Underground

Hasan Salaam
Shadia Mansour

From Palestine to NY to the UK, this panel/performance, will be on the power of conscious hip-hop and will discuss hip-hop is a social movement.

How is or can hip-hop be used as a tool to mobilize, empower and raise awareness of the struggles of oppressed people in discussing social, political, and economic issues? How powerful is hip-hop as a means of advocacy and speaking out against war, genocide, conditions in the ghetto and the life of poverty? How can this powerful art form transcend boundaries, break down walls and stereotypes, and provide understanding between marginalized communities throughout the globe? Does the rise of hip-hop among marginalized groups internationally demonstrate an important trend?

Hip-Hop emerged as an innovating artistic form in the late 1970s in New York City. Historically, it has been a way for marginalized communities, specifically Black and Latinos, to express the struggles of their people and to highlight local problems on a global level. However, there is a growing hip-hop movement amongst Arabs, both domestically and internationally, who use it as a means to express the struggles of their people. This panel will discuss the importance of this global dialogue and how it can be used as a space for unheard voices to be recognized.


**Entrance fee: $5

Sponsored by the Arab Student Association at SIPA, Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine, TURATH, LUCHA, the Black and Latino Student Caucus, NYU Students for Justice in Palestine.

IF your student group would like to co-sponsor, please contact us at

Monday, April 26, 2010
7:30pm - 10:00pm
Held Auditorium (Room 304), Barnard College
3009 Broadway
New York, NY