Image says 1hood 2016 marks our 10th anniversary. There is an image of students in the background.Arts Education Collaborative is overjoyed to announce a Regional Arts Education Day breakout session with Jasiri X, Creative Director of 1Hood Media. Don’t miss out on the chance to attend this and other exciting sessions; register for Regional Arts Education Day!

Hip Hop Pedagogy

Undoubtedly, the Hip Hop culture is the primary culture embraced by youth all over the world. 1Hood Media stands as the antithesis of the negative stereotypes associated with Hip Hop and uses Hip Hop to promote social change in the ways that the founding fathers intended. This workshop will showcase how we utilize the Hip Hop Pedagogy to educate, influence, and empower young people. This workshop/panel will look at the various dimensions of media literacy, who’s behind the media in an attempt to uncover the underlying themes and messages in relation to the target audience, and how these images are interpreted and internalized as well as externalized effecting individual, communities, cultures, and society.

Jasiri X is the first independent hip-hop artist to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate, which he received from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2016. This recognition grew out of the spiritual/political urgency and artistic vision he shared on songs like “Justice For Trayvon” and “Strange Fruit (Class of 2013),” which documented the unjust police killings of young Blacks in the Millennial Generation. Likewise, he has been deeply involved with the national Movement for Black Lives, working with organizations like The Gathering for Justice, Blackout for Human Rights, Justice or Else, BYP100 and Sankofa. Still, he remains rooted in the Pittsburgh based organizations he co-founded, the anti-violence group 1Hood as well as the 1Hood Media Academy, which teaches youth of color how to analyze and create media for themselves. Jasiri emerged on the national scene in 2007 with the powerful hit song “Free The Jena 6” and the groundbreaking Internet video series This Week With Jasiri X, a program that reached millions of Internet views. More recently, his critically acclaimed album Black Liberation Theology (2015) has been recognized as a soundtrack for today’s civil rights movement. He has performed his music from the Smithsonian to the Apollo Theater and has discussed his views on hip-hop, race and politics at leading institutions across the nation, including Harvard University, the University of Chicago, NYU, Stanford, among others. Beyond his work nationally, Jasiri’s focus on social change has also touched the global arena. In 2016, he was commissioned by The Open Society Foundation to travel to Columbia to create a film (War on Us with Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Rhymefest) that highlights the international effects of US drug policy in South America. One of the most important political voices of his generation, in 2015 he received the USA Cummings Fellowship in Music, a BMe Fellowship and a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artist as Activist Fellowship.