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Lehman College’s 1st Annual Hip-Hop Summit By: Julian Velazquez

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Lehman College’s 1st Annual Hip-Hop Summit

By: Julian Velazquez

Lehman College’s 1st Annual Hip-Hop Summit has proven to be a very enlightening experience.  Myself, and my peers who attended the Summit, were not expecting much of an event.  To our surprise, we marveled at the event’s substance and integrity.  In the few hours we spent in the music building, we all witnessed a different side of Hip-Hop; one that was positive, educated and very in touch with its roots.

The group of established panelists who were present to sound off on their thoughts, and shared their scholarly views as integral members of Hip-Hop’s now international community was a real learning experience.  A lot of the younger generations, especially the high school students who were in attendance were the recipients of awareness.  Most, if not all of the discussion topics pertained to the contemporary issues of Hip-Hop, some that went above and beyond the music and dance, breaching into other areas where the culture is present including, the recently attained government offices and the educational system.

Out of the volumes of knowledge that came from a few spare minutes of commentary from the panel, what stuck out the most to me as a young minority in school, is the contributions of urban youth, that in time will yield the future of the nation as well as the future of Hip-Hop.  Which is where the urgency of awareness comes into play.  Awareness really opens the eyes of a young man or  woman who realizes that the safety and integrity of an entire culture can be affected simply by making the choices to educate yourself as well as finding opportunities to create and in doing so, becoming a positive and knowledgeable resource for generations to come.

In addition to the insightful commentaries and exciting performances from local and visiting artists, were the educational workshops. I was fortunate enough to attend Professor Glover’s presentation about educational experiences in African travel. Professor glover herself has been an educator for more than 25 years specializing in African Studies. In her many travels to the Motherland in the 1970s and 1980s, she has taken students to various African nations like Egypt, Senegal, Nigeria, and Ghana.  Her motivation being to reach her students and educate them about the African roots of Hip-Hop through learning about the backgrounds and cultures of the nations and to also dispel the myths about Africa.  Her engaging words and visuals brought her stories to life and showed us a different Africa than the one we were taught through lies and jungle myths about “Tarzan and Jane” as she said. Overall, this event is going to be something I look forward to next year.

My Experience By: Chilee Ogba

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My Experience


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.

Positive Learning at Lehman College By: Lisa Goings

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Positive Learning at Lehman College

By: Lisa Goings

Beats, poetry, people, learning… these are just some of the words that come to mind when I think about the great time I had at the Hip-Hop event at Lehman College.  I learned more about Hip-Hop as a whole and how it’s more than just today’s hottest rapper.  I was able to learn about a group of students who went to egypt and how they benefitted from that trip.  My time spent at this event was the opposite of boring and I would experience it again if I could.

As my friends and I walked into the auditorium of the music building, we heard the sound of beatboxxing and started dancing – we knew the rest of our time there would be fun.  We sat down and listened to a speaker who had literally grown up with Hip-Hop; he would sneak out of his house as a child to go listen to it.  I enjoyed how he was authentic and spoke from his experiences like how he would walk past a street with graffiti on it and read the names, then years later in school he learned that those names were actually important people who had an impact on Hip-Hop.  It showed me that most people who don’t know about Hip-Hop as a whole would look at all graffiti and associate it with gang bangers with no education, not realizing some were just an expression of the struggle of Hip-Hop.

As much as I enjoyed the parts of the program I was able to attend, I have to admit one of my favorite moments was the panel discussion on Hip-Hop.  The panel was conducted like a Cipher, everyone saying their piece, taking their answers to the next level. I learned that Hip-Hop has a past, present and future though it has changed, and is all over the world.  I was impressed that all the speakers from different places taught something related to Hip-Hop.  In addition there was a program involved that had people from all over the world come to listen and watch the panel. They related what Hip-Hop was about and how people wanted to stop it from evolving to things everyone relate to or things we were familiar with such as the “east coast” “west coast” issue or Tupac and Biggie.  Hip-Hop is an art and though it faced some opposition, it continues to evolve.

The final part of the program I attended was the presentation on Egypt.  The fabulous Professor Glover, who currently teaches African Civilizations at Lehman College, took students with her in order to dispell the myths about Africa.  The students fun-raised all the money and took off to Egypt.  I appreciated how they took pictures to show how Africa was modernized and had technology; cities with buildings; and electricity; and not just some poor continent where everyone is ill in the village and live in huts.

To sum up, the event was amazing.  I learned a little history of Hip-Hop, instead of someone just talking and reciting from a book or paper it was much more lively and informative.  Lehman College took it beyond that, helping us learn in an interactive environment with people young and old from all over the world, eliciting the cultural diffusion of Hip-Hop.

Meet Special Guest Panelist – KID TIC / SHAKEZDAGHETTO – Open Mind Ent.

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Kid Tic in 1983

The New / Shakez is involved in many different business ventures across the board. From Consulting (Financial, Asset Loans & Business), Entertainment Industries( Sports, Fashion, Films, Music, TV., Radio & Distribution), Smart TV. & Pay-Per View Tours etc… Shakez knows how to connect the right people with each other and is a MASTER NETWORKER!!
The Old / Wajid(Shakezdaghetto)Jemmott has been in the game since the early 80’s Popping and breaking under the alias (Kid Tic) Popping with some of Flatbush BK’s greatest like Stretch & Powerful Kid Tic never lost a battle. Kid Tic taught so many other kids in the neighborhood how to pop and break. Brighton Beach was the place where all brooklyn dancers went to have big battles. From Poppatrons, Breakers With Class, Grand Floor Wizards, Nasty With Rock and Masters Of Breaking just to name a few of BK’s best crews. Kid Tic was basically part of all the crews being a secret weapon to battle rival boroughs best to win all battles. The Tic was signed to TAPPS Management / STARLITE RECORDS Under (Tony Dick) Label mates were The Original Bad Boys Featuring K-LOVE/Bad Girls Featuring (Me) Beatmaster TIC, MC. Serch, Jungle Brothers. Performed for at least 250,000 spectators at the young age of 14yrs old. Sweet Tee from Bad Girls and ILL from the group ILL&AL Scratch told me I should start Rapping. Well I took there advice and Exploding into the world of MC’S. Working on my first treasures of lyrics at the same time I jumped into Producing my own Music. Then I met the founder and leader of the group (SLAVE) Steve Washington. Steve introduced me to the world of Production and the music BIZ in a whole. Working with the Legendary George Clinton (Funkadelics) to Mudbone (FLYGIRL) Meeting Roger Troutman, Clive Davis (J-Records), Tommy Matola (SONY Music), Kalil (Kool&The Gang) Irene & Husband at House Of Music Studios(West Orange N.J.) Where every hit Albums from the 60’s 70’s 80’s and the 90’s were engineered or produced in. Albums Like Thriller from Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton Albums, Stevie Wonders Albums, Of Course SLAVE Albums and George Clinton’s Albums From his Funkadelic early Days. There’s many more to mention but there is no room. I did various albums with Steve & SLAVE and George Clinton. Steve Mentored me and Taught me the game of music and the biz of music. Shakez taught a full year of The origin of Hip Hop, Poetry and the business of Music with a grant from The Children’s Aid Society. Shakez invited B.E.T. and G-Unit etc.. at the end of the course for a Q&A session with the whole student body.  It’s so much more about Shakezdaghetto but currently he’s running 4 companies (Open Mind Ent./TV./Consulting Group) plus equity in 5 others. Shakez is also part of a children’s record label called K.D.W. Entertainment Group with Stan Morse. The 1st. group off the label is K.D.W. (Kicking Down Walls) Brotha Malcolm & Sista Day who has songs on their 1st. album connected to campaigns. From Anti-Gun Anti-Bullying Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness and Self Empowerment Etc… K.D.W. is the future of The New Hip Hop But with the old ways it was originally formed.
Shakez also went to H.S. with Biggie, Busta and Jay-Z. 
Google- Shakezdaghetto


Shakezdaghetto interviews his good friend Danny Simmons (Rush Arts) Part 1 of 3 parts

Shakezdaghetto interviews SpliffStarr from FlipMode 

ClassAction is honored to have the legendary KID TIC as a special guest panelist for the

1st Annual Hip-Hop History Month Celebration: Elements of Culture Hip-Hop Educational Summit…

He will also be bringing with him a very special guest:

 Margaret Ntim


Margaret Ntim is an entertainment mogul on the rise. Born and raised in NYC, she always knew music was her calling. From the time she was a young woman, she was determined to make it her career. Margaret, got her start in the music industry as an intern for the New York label group Island Def Jam/Republic Records. During this time, Margaret worked on several projects in music, working with artists such as Nas, 2 Chainz, Justin Bieber, Frank Ocean to name a few. Having had several internships at Viacom Media networks, and G-Unit Records. These days, Margaret is focused on establishing herself as not only a staple in the music industry but also as a brand/figure for young women to look up to. With this, she can show that with dedication, hard work, and perseverance you can achieve all your dreams and desires.

K.D.W – Kicking Down Walls…

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Brotha Malcom(11yrs. old) & Sista Dae(8yrs. old) make up the group K.D.W. which was introduced 2 the industry in 2009. K.D.W. stands for Kicking Down Walls. They may be small but pack a big punch when it comes 2 delivery and lyrical content. They attack social issues that most groups don’t touch, issues like Bullying, Stem cell research, self awareness and the alarming epidemic of gun violence. 9 songs  make up the album from “Good Day”, “Thanks Mr. President” to “No Time For You Bully” and “Fallen Angels”. With this diverse collection of music, it’s evident that they are ready for the industry.
With show after show that have left people stunned at their performances, it is safe to say that that they are making their mark.  Having performed at showcases like Maria Davis’ at The Shrine as well as shows at the Times Square Arts Theater, Von Kink Park’s “Family Day” in Brooklyn and  Maria Davis’ “Aid Awareness Day” in Harlem K.D.W. has been busy.  They have also performed at P.S.26, P.S. 81 and M.S.204 as well as churches and other community events around the city.  They are ready to showcase their talents anywhere and at anytime.  they love performing, especially when they get a chance to perform for kids their age.
Being a triple threat, from singing, rapping and acting Brotha Malcolm and Sista Dea are poised to have a major impact on the entertainment business.  They recently had the opportunity to showcase their acting skills in a wonderful play entitled “Reality Check,” written by Ms. Britt, the Executive Director of the Von King Cultural Center.  The play poignantly portrays the sad reality of bullying and gun violence in urban areas and their song “No Time For You Bully” was featured in the play, with an overwhelmingly positive feed back from the packed audience.With endorsements from Nancy SillberKheit, Co-CEO of Archie Comics and Danny Simmons (Rush Arts) for their anti bullying campaign, many prominent and influential people are lining up behind K.D.W. because they believe in the music.  2013 promises to be a big year for the group and for all of those who have the opportunity to experience their music and shows.
Performing for the Hip Hop Summit For Lehman College is an honor for K.D.W. Entertainment Group
ClassAction is honored to have K.D.W. Entertainment Group
perform at the 
1st Annual Hip-Hop History Month Celebration: Elements of Culture Hip-Hop Educational Summit

Meet Special Guest Panelist – Dr. Christopher Emdin…

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Christopher Emdin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University; where he also serves as Director of Science Education at the Center for Health Equity and Urban Science Education. He is currently a Caperton Fellow and Hip-Hop Archive Fellow at the WEB DuBois Institute at Harvard University.

Dr. Emdin is a social critic, public intellectual and science advocate whose commentary on issues of race, culture, inequality and education have appeared in dozens of influential periodicals including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.

Dr. Emdin holds a Ph.D in Urban Education with a concentration in Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Masters degrees in both Natural Sciences and Education Administration, and Bachelors degrees in Physical Anthropology, Biology, and Chemistry.

He is the co creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement, and a much sought-after public speaker on a number of topics that include hip-hop education, STEM education, politics, race, class, diversity, and youth empowerment. He is also an advisor to numerous international organizations, school districts, and schools where he delivers speeches, and holds workshops/ professional development sessions for students, teachers, policy makers, and other education stakeholders within the public and private sector.

Dr. Emdin writes the provocative “Emdin 5” series on a number of contemporary social issues for the Huffington Post. He is also author of the award winning book, Urban Science Education for the Hip-hop Generation.

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