Greetings everyone! Sorry things have been quiet on the site lately. I have been on the road for the past three weeks and have not had much time to write. When I have been writing, I’ve had to focus on some other projects. Here are a couple updates on the hussle…
Hip Hop Genius
As many of you know, I’ve been working on a book about hip-hop education. Over the past few weeks, there have been several advances…
- I signed a contract with Rowman & Littlefield, who will be publishing the book. I am especially excited about this because Rowman & Littlefield published Imprisoned Intellectuals–a book I worked on with Joy James back in 2002.
- Herb Kohl offered to write a Foreword. I’m honored that he wants to do this and am really looking forward (pun intended) to seeing what he has to say about Hip Hop Genius.
- I traveled to Minnesota to do a final round of research at the High School for Recording Arts. It was great to be back at the school after a nine month hiatus.
I have less than two months left to finish writing the book, so if the coming weeks are somewhat sparse on the Husslington Post, you’ll know why.
Big Picture Learning Out of School Youth Symposiums
I’ve gotten to attend/present at a few interesting education gatherings in the past month. First in DC, I presented on hip-hop education at the Arts Education Partnership’s Spring 2010 National Forum. Then a few weeks later, I attended the Deborah Meier Institute Symposium in New York.
And then I spent this past week at two symposiums hosted by Big Picture Learning (one in Seattle, one in Newark). The symposiums brought together students, educators, funders, artists and people who work at the policy level. Our challenge: to design programs to engage out of school youth.
The symposiums were interesting and unique events. So much so that I decided to write my next article for GOOD about them. That piece is already in the works and I’m excited to share it soon…
Tweet Dreams are Made of These
While I haven’t gotten to post much to the site, I have tried to keep the Twitter game going strong. Here are some highlights from the past few weeks. I know this is a lot, but scroll through and click on a link or two… There’s some good stuff.
- an interesting piece on how we should measure innovation–not by # of patents or R&D budgets… http://oreil.ly/cyCYIU
- college class on Illmatic sets record for livestreaming at Duke with over 10,000 viewers: http://bit.ly/9KL1hQ
- Preserving Archiving & Teaching Hip Hop History – documentary about hip-hop ed program in Miami- check out the trailer: http://bit.ly/9PmDeS
- good opinion piece about copyright law/mash-ups by a lawyer i met last week: http://bit.ly/cjveWr
- Why the news media in America is a joke: Comparison of CNN vs. Al Jazeera home pages:http://bit.ly/9cH5A8 (via @thembithembi & @wilw)
- higher ed breaking down the workforce… The Disappearing Tenure-Track Job article: http://bit.ly/9shxKq (via @professorjawn)
- Hip-Hop Halls of Fame/Museums engaging in the quintessential hip-hop battle for name and respect…http://bit.ly/cFXvY3
- Popmaster Fabel drops knowledge about the reversal in the relationship between hip-hop & gangs VIDEO:http://bit.ly/9O5WB4 (via @mrdaveyd)
- last summer 130 kids on probation in Prov got summer jobs thru stimulus $. only one of them got sent back to the juvenile prison during that time
- “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin
- jus stopped by Bum Rush the Boards hip-hop chess tournament put on by Words Beats Life (www.wblinc.org). they’re expecting 100+ young players
- at a presentation on MusicianCorps–sounds like a dope new national service project. excited to learn more: http://bit.ly/9HrYGH
- “DMX tore me to pieces… I look at Madonna’s production and envy that.” -Jay-Z on live performances http://bit.ly/9EWVvC(via @sonicrap)
- Library of Congress to permanently archive Twitter posts: http://tinyurl.com/y67fpg9
- LA’s ex-gangsters train to go against gang lifehttp://m.apnews.com/ap/db_16029/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=tzmMWe79
- “We bail out banks but force students to take loans from bailed out banks in order to go to school” – Davey D (@mrdaveyd)
- “50 Cent To Track His Slave Roots In Upcoming VH-1 Documentary” – article: http://bit.ly/9oRZTe
- 5.3 million people are denied the right to vote because of past convictions: http://bit.ly/9P45Qy
- SOCIAL MEDIA IS THE NEW HIP-HOP http://bit.ly/9k2dwG (via @unclerush)
- hilarious parody of white teachers coming to save Kidz N Da Hood.. http://url2it.com/ctkh (via @professorjawn)
- Teacher/cartoonist Mr. Fitz CARTOONS on merit pay, motivation, & using business strategies in schoolshttp://bit.ly/bouPEE (via @danielpink)
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