Tag Archives: hip hop

Alexis Johnson, aka L.D.D.B., raps about food justice. Photo courtesy of Muse Video.

Using rap and music videos, youth fight fast food addiction

Young artists, including rapper Alexis Johnson, create a music video warning fellow youth about the health dangers of fast food.
Adisa Banjoko

Q&A with Hip Hop Chess Federation founder on partnership with East Bay schools

Banjoko once lived in Oakland and was a part of the ‘90s Bay Area Hip Hop music scene. Currently, he is teaching chess and life strategies to students at Encinal High School in Alameda through...
Mix'd Ingrdnts dancers rehearse hip hop routines.

All-female dance collective, Mix’d Ingrdnts, brings waacking to Oakland

Oakland-based all-female dance collective, Mix’d Ingrdnts, incorporates various dance styles into their routines, including hip-hop, break dancing, samba and waacking – a style of dance from the 70’s that involves moving legs and arms to...
Betti Ono art.

Women and hip-hop: A discussion in downtown Oakland

On Friday, the Betti Ono art gallery in downtown Oakland hosted a panel discussion about women and Hip-Hop. The “My Art, My Culture: Women, media, and Hip-Hop” three-part discussion was the product of the combined...
Dr. Elliot Gann and a student work on beat making at a workshop in San Jose. Photo by Carlos De Leon.

Today’s Future Sound teaches kids coping skills … with a beat

Dr. Elliot Gann is standing in front of his beat-up and stickered black Mazda Protégé in the parking lot of West Oakland Middle School. In his left ear is a Bluetooth earpiece, which, as he...
A Lovely Day

A Lovely Day: A new documentary highlights Hip-Hop therapy in local high schools

In 2009, Tomás Alvarez III sat at his desk as a group of nine teenagers filed into his classroom at Oakland High School. This was the fifth year of his Beats, Rhymes and Life program,...