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.

Cited From: http://chrisemdin.com

ClassAction Student Group

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What is the ClassAction Student Group?

ClassAction Student Group is a student-based, community organizing, grassroots movement started here on Lehman College. It is the collaborative effort of Lehman College students of various disciplines who are committed to utilizing our education in ways that best serve and improve the conditions in our communities. In keeping with our belief that it will take a collaborative effort to improve our communities, we wish to work with not only other student groups/organizations but, also with the various departments and faculty-led organizations of Lehman College. The goal is to afford students and faculty the opportunity to discuss and agree on the issues, research, and develop concrete and realistic solutions to these problems.

We believe that the proposed student activities described below keys to achieving our goal. By adhering to the Theory of Collective Action the activities discussed demonstrate our commitment to our communities and our belief that Lehman College must lead in showing how all CUNY students can effectively use their education to bring about positive and concrete social change.

Theory #1: Raising Social Consciousness

We who make up ClassAction believe that in order to raise the social consciousness of our communities we must first raise the social consciousness of ourselves and fellow students. Because we are students we firmly believe that education and awareness are the two fundamental elements in raising social consciousness.  

            ClassAction Student Lecture Series:

The Lehman College Student Lecture Series is designed to develop faculty-student community based research. The Student Lecture Series is envisioned as the bridge that links Lehman College students with faculty (who may be of differing disciplines) who may wish to research the same issue(s) but from different perspectives. The hope is students will learn how to think critically and creatively about how to identify and create solutions for many of the problems facing our communities.

Another outcome we anticipate is greater awareness of and participation in other research opportunities being offered here at Lehman College. By participating in other opportunities available on campus, students can develop the creativity that is needed to tackle issues of concern. This will force students to think critically and outside of the box in order to use research to develop concrete and realistic solutions that will produce results.

ClassAction Guest Speaker Series

What are the risks and rewards involved in community organizing? For any movement to be successful, it is our belief that the wisdom and knowledge of those who have walked this road long before us be heard and used as our guide to achieving our goal of developing concrete and realistic solutions for our communities. Right here at Lehman College, we have in abundance, a wealth of wisdom and knowledge within our grasp. We have among us faculty who if their stories were told, would only add fuel to the fire burning within all of us who are truly committed to the goal of this student group. Along with Lehman College faculty, we will also highlight Lehman students, individuals within our communities and others guest speakers who will all stress the importance and relevance of what we now embarking on.

Theory #2: Organizing People with Similar Interests

We who make up ClassAction believe that while collaboration is important in achieving our goal of developing concrete and realistic solutions to issues facing our communities, all members of this group must be committed and passionate about working for our communities as organizers. ClassAction is more than just a line on a student’s academic resume, as the name implies this is a group of ACTION! This is not for the weary or faint of heart… our communities deserve much more than that. 

ClassAction Web-Site and Newsletter

 Lehman College is a commuter college and it does become hard for students to be aware of everything that is happening on campus. Students who take evening classes are sometimes out of the loop when it comes to activities that occur during the day sessions. We also have students who work on campus and their schedules do not allow them to attend many of the events and activities that they would like to. We feel that the ClassAction is something that all Lehman College students should know about and we believe that the creation of a website and newsletter will definitely make sure that every student on campus is aware of this very important student group.

I) Concept behind the ClassAction Web-Site

We believe that this web-site should operate as an interactive-social media site that allows the whole Lehman College community to be up-to-date on group activities and events. The Lehman college community will be allowed the chance to get to know the ClassAction founding members and their individual motivations for coming together to form this group.

II) Concept behind the ClassAction Newsletter

The development of a newsletter addresses the fact that there are students who once they step foot off of this campus, they do not have internet access. Not all students have smart phones, iPods, Kindles etc. So, the main purpose of the newsletter is to be a print version of the website with the same purpose – keeping the Lehman College community involved and up-to-date with the activities of ClassAction.

Theory #3: Mobilizing Resources for Collective Action

We who make up ClassAction. recognize Resource Mobilization as a sociological theory that forms part of the study of social movements. We believe that it stresses the ability of any movement’s members to acquire resources and mobilize people towards our goal of developing concrete and realistic solutions to problems within our communities.

So… how exactly does ClassAction plan on implementing Resource Mobilization?  We understand that a program of this magnitude requires collaboration and that is why this we stress the point that we are all students of various fields of study. We stress the importance of working with the various departments, students groups and organizations that are right here on campus. By everyone coming together we’ll be able to:

  • formulate a resource mobilization strategy (funding and in-kind resources)
  • identify potential sources of funding
  • actively solicit pledges
  • follow up on pledges to obtain funds
  • deposit funds and record transactions and any restrictions on our use of funds

Once this is done we will be able to plan the following events:

  • Hip-Hop Educational Summits
  • Student Featured Talent Showcases
  • Hip-Hop Cultural Festivals

Theory #4: Strategizing a Series of Increasingly Decisive Collective Actions

We who make up ClassAction believe that in order to bring about change in our communities, we must be the change we wish to see. In order to be that change, the members of ClassAction Student Group believe that a consensus among the students of Lehman College is of great importance… As agents for change, we must be able to come to an agreement on exactly what issue(s) must be addressed and in which manner and order.

ClassAction Student Action Forum

The goal of the ClassAction Student Action Forum is to get all students more involved with Class Action as well as Lehman College by offering a student only venue for issues to be discussed. But, as stated earlier, ClassAction is not about just discussing the issues… we take action! We encourage all students to not only vent, but come with solutions and ideas. Once we are all in agreement, then a plan of action can come about.

Theory #5: Take a Decisive Political Action

We who make up ClassAction believe that once a consensus is made, a plan of action can be forged. We believe that all plans of action must be concrete, well developed and planned. Decisive, brave and bold decisions are what our communities need not only in our outreach to them but in our role as leaders and decision makers.

Theory #6: Repeat!!!

We who make up ClassAction believe that once we have come together and formulated a plan of action we don’t stop… we keep going! ClassAction is sincere in its commitment to our communities and will continue to recruit and retain the best, brightest and strongest from Lehman College. We see this student group as not just a club located here on the Lehman College campus, but, one that will eventually prove to be the kind of program that CUNY embraces and sees the value of. The end goal is to become a CUNY wide organization because we understand the importance of all students who have worked hard enough to reach their goal of achieving higher education giving back, raising up, and setting the example for generations of students to follow.  




The Universal Zulu Nation

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First, we acknowledge and say thank you to Hip-Hop’s first international awareness organization – The Universal Zulu Nation.

Formed and headed by Hip-Hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa, it arose in 1973 in the South Bronx and began to organize cultural events for youths combining local dance and music movements into what would become known as the various elements of Hip- Hop Culture. By the 1980s, Hip-Hop had spread globally, and the Universal Zulu Nation has since established chapters in Japan, France, the UK, Australia, South Korea, Cape Town South Africa and other locations all over the planet so-called Earth.

The 1st Annual Hip-Hop History Month Celebration: Elements of Culture: Hip-Hop Educational Summit also acknowledges the debt owed to The Universal Zulu Nation.

How can there be a Hip-Hop History Month Celebration anywhere that does not acknowledge and reach out to the Universal Zulu Nation. With chapters all over the world, The UZN has made manifest its vision of Planet Rock. Hip-Hop’s global reach and influence is in large part due to the UZN. The bridging of Cultures: Black, Brown, Red, Yellow and White worldwide. The awakening of Higher Consciousness, Self Expression and Creativity that like the Knowledge of our Ancient Ancestors, told us who we were, who we are and who we could be – Knowledge of Self, of our Communities, our People… The Universal Zulu Nation is the Foundation of Hip-Hop. And as we bear witness to Hip-Hop entering institutions of Higher Learning… So must its Foundation. The Universal Zulu Nation and all Pioneers of the Culture we claim identifies who we are.