Beats, Rhymes & Life: an Exploration of Hip-Hop, its History & Global Impact
This course is an examination of this movement of Hip-Hop as counterculture, its place in history and global impact. Students will examine the idea of Hip-Hop as a shadowed art form for muted voices. The contemporary foundations of Hip-Hop, the influence of the African Diaspora, the role of the Slave Trade, of cultural syncretism, the development of Jazz, Spoken Word as an art, and the influence of the Harlem Renaissance will be studied. Various artists will be explored along with their immediate and long-term impacts on the musical genre. Students will also study the
uncanny connections between Hip-Hop and WEB Dubois, Booker T. Washington, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, the Nation of Islam, Clarence 13x and the Black Panther Party. Students will also examine the voice of women and gay artists and their role in the culture of Hip-Hop, which often is misconstrued as a male dominated, misogynistic and/or homophobic art form. Students will end the course looking at the Globalization of Hip-Hop and the role of Hip Hop on the international scene as a form of political and youth advocacy in areas where people are voiceless.
Kalyan Balaven – The Athenian School
Kalyan Ali Balaven is the Dean of Equity and Inclusion and Humanities Instructor at the Athenian School. He has been an educator for nearly two decades and has taught in the secondary and university levels. When he takes off his instructor’s cap, he dons the Kangol of a Hip-Hop artist, performing and teaching through the spoken word as Professor A.L.I.