So, yeah, not to boast, but the Hip Hop Conference was pretty awesome.
On the tees & behind the panelists is the amazing Lady Justice that Neil conjured up for the Conference. Can we all just admit that Neil is a genius? She is inspired by my prof Pamela Bridgewater.
This panel, Law(lessness), (In)Justice and Legacy of Hip Hop Music and Culture, was amazing. By far the best law school panel I’ve ever attended. R-L Moderator: Dekeera Greene, WCL grad. Panelists: Rosa Clemente, Hip Hop Activist, Former Candidate for Vice President (Green Party ‘08); Leila Steinberg, activist; artist; organizer; founder Alternative Intervention Models; former manager of Tupac Shakur and founder of The Microphone Series, an artist development workshop; Mora Namdar, 3L WCL, activist and organizer on issues and youth movements related to political and human rights in Iran, founder and Editor- in-Chief of AU National Security Law Brief.
These amazing women hit the issues from police brutality to racism to COINTELPRO. It was amazing to listen to them, and for the panel not to be specifically “women’s issues,” but as experts and intellectuals on a grand scale.
Another highlight for me was this performance by Gabriel Teodros. In a brilliant rhyme he called out “pseudo liberals afraid of the real conversation,” ahem, 1/2 of my school.
I also got to meet Head-Roc a local DC hip hop activist. He is an artists who has been very involved in the D.C. Statehood movement. Go New Columbia!
I really want to recommend the film Beyond Beats and Rhymes to you, internet. We watched it during the lunch break at the Conference. It’s about misogyny and homophobia in Hip Hop music. It is really amazing. I highly recommend it, but it’s not suitable not for little ones… as the music videos they highlight are pretty horrific (hence, the point).
That’s right. We hit ALL the issues.
My vicarious street-cred has increased exponentially by just attending this conference, but if you are interested in knowing how my closing remarks went, you can pretty much just watch this video: