DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE HIP HOP GENERATION
The August 2004 forum, Domestic Violence and the Hip Hop Generation, delved into challenges create barriers to positive facets of the hip hop movement. The forum further explored the potential of hip hop music as a vehicle through which to mitigate the violence facing this generation. We encourage you to keep an open mind about a musical genre that has - for better or worse - made a lasting impression on our culture. Focus on the positive energies that can be harnessed to bring about change, because at the end of the day, we'll need to have all segments of the population on board - including the hip hop generation - if we are to end the violence that is destroying the fabric of America.
For many years, various advocacy groups and politicians have been in an uproar over the music being created by the hip hop generation. These much maligned and often misunderstood individuals, typically African Americans between the ages of 15 and 38, have been on the receiving end of harsh criticism far and wide. The level of attention given to this genre of music begs the question, “So what's the big deal?”
August 8-10, 2004