My Experience By: Chilee Ogba

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My Experience

By:

Chilee Ogba

On Friday, November 8, 2013, i along with some friends decided to attend the 1st Annual Hip-Hop History Celebration at Lehman College.  We found out about the event from our African civilizations professor (Professor Glover) and decided to attend since we had some time to spare.  My friends and I were able to catch a bit of the discussion panel as well as the entire workshop about Africa conducted by Professor Glover.  What we thought would be a rather boring or nonchalant day turned out to be surprisingly entertaining, fun and informative.  Attending the celebration turned out to be one of the highlights of my college career so far.

The Hip-Hop panel was surprisingly informative.  I didn’t think I would learn anything new about the genre that I am quite familiar with but I did.  I learned about how Hip-Hop has a strong connection to the realities faced by African Americans such as criminal profiling, etc.  I was also delighted to see how many people came all the way from countries like China, Japan, Brazil, and Australia to be a part of the event.  There were also high school students in attendance.  Whether they got out of it as much as I did that day – I don’t know, but I believe it was good to expose them to such a program.  futhermore, my friends and I attended the workshop about Africa and we loved every minute of it.  Besides being able to see another side of Lehman College that we’ve never seen before (more of the Music Building), we realized that there’s a lot of diversity in our school.  There were students there whose families are from all over the continent of Africa.  We watched a presentation aboupt a program that took students to Africa.  Then, we all shared our cultural backgrounds and realized that we are more similar than different.  In the end, I felt like I got a lot out of the event.  I met a few people and also realized that my school has many great programs that I should try to attend.

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