This NPR interview with Todd Boyd discusses his book H.N.I.C.: The Death of Civil Rights and the Reign of Hip Hop. Boyd writes, "I would suggest that you might get a better read of what's going on in the world of Black people today by listening to DMX on It's Dark and Hell is Hot than... Continue Reading →


Wu Tang is for the Children

Alright maybe not Wu Tang, but hip hop certainly can be for the children. Enter the Hip-hop Education Literacy Program , Their goal is to teach through hip hop culture and especially music to allow students to more effectively relate to and learn about topics.     More to come

Hip Hop’s Wilderness

In The Creative Process, James Baldwin writes that artists are "enjoined to conquer the great wilderness of [themselves]" and they explore the human soul in order to "blaze roads through that vast forest". An artist's exploration of themselves is to society's benefit, for their productions of human expression may be universally interpreted and received. An artist's... Continue Reading →

The Democratic Sphere of Hip Hop

During Thursday's co-laboratory I realized how many pathways there are through this project and my focus of hip hop. Each student provided key terms for exploring their cultural production along with relevant quotes from a readings done in earlier weeks. Ambiguous terms such as culture, education, sustainability, identity, and tradition were applied in the context of each... Continue Reading →

What I am doing…What am I doing?

Procrastinating mostly. But even though that shell is tough and unforgiving, doing still manages to leak through. It has been fun to think about this project, to pretend I'm working or planning, and creating a mental itinerary that will disappear when I need it most. I feel confident, nay, cocky, when I picture my final product. Finally I... Continue Reading →

Meta Data for Aspect Magazine

Name: Nick Sharek Description: Aspect Magazine vol. 8, Issue 44-45, October-November, 1972 Creators List: Edward J. Hogan, Ellen Link Contributors: Richard Carboni, Paulette Carroll, Emilie Glen, Walter Griffin, John Hahn, Richard Latta, Edward J. Hogan, Frederic Matteson, Anthony P. Nasta, Lori Petri, Don E. Owens, Harland Ristau, Noelle Salter Date: 10,11-1972 Publisher: Aspect/Zephyr Press Description: This... Continue Reading →

An Aspect of the Archive

I've been trying to avoid using this word but it is the only way I can feel about the archives; overwhelmed. After we wrapped up our second day, Rod the head archivist asked me what topic I or other students may be most interested in from the archives. Thinking about this felt like ordering in a... Continue Reading →

Creative Scholars

Ralph Waldo Emerson expresses concern for his fellow man in his speech The American Scholar. The concern is over “The state of which the members have suffered amputation from the trunk” (Emerson). American society is splitting beyond benefit, “the fountain of power” that is Man is best utilized in conjunction. Individuals are what makes... Continue Reading →

Baldwin + Dewey Draft

Societies never know it, but the war of an artist with his society is a lover's war, and he does, at his best, what lovers do, which is to reveal the beloved to himself and, with that revelation, to make freedom real - James Baldwin, The Creative Process For what is the faith of democracy... Continue Reading →

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