Monday, October 2, 2023

Register for NJPAC's Hip Hop virtual panel with Chuck D, Dr. MC Debbie D & more!



Free on Zoom
Mon, Oct 16, @ 7PM

From its modest origins at a house party in the Bronx, hip hop has become a global phenom and the most popular music genre in the U.S. Fifty years after its creation, hip hop maintains its outsize influence on pop culture including fashion, art, jewelry, social movements and dance.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of hip hop, join us for a fascinating conversation with icons and influencers. The documentary From Scratch: The Birth of Hip Hop is the springboard for our conversation. Our panelists will discuss the genre’s staying power and how the musical and dance form has evolved over the decades. What can fans expect in the next 50 years of hip hop?

How to participate:

  1. Register here.
  2. Watch From Scratch: The Birth of Hip Hop in advance at home.
  3. Join us for a virtual conversation on Mon, Oct 16, at 7PM.

Our panel will be moderated by Bill Stephney, multi-instrumental musician and former chief executive of Def Jam Records, SOUL Records and Stepsun Music. He is also a documentary film producer, executive committee member for the Smithsonian Anthology of Hip Hop and Rap and adjunct NYU instructor.

Our panelists include:

Chuck D, solo artist, digital entertainment pioneer and leader of the ground-breaking hip hop group Public Enemy

Dr. MC Debbie D, hip hop’s first female emcee soloist, recording artist and NJPAC Teaching Artist

GrandMixer DXT, musician, producer, songwriter, deejay and recipient in 2023 of the Hip-Hop Innovator Award


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 coming soon 

A Style Nobody Can Deal With: Hip Hop, Black Aesthetics and the Arts

Oct 4 @ 3:30PM

Part of the Social Justice Learning Series. This professional development workshop led by Dr. Tricia Rose will examine how Black art practices, especially when they are socially and politically contextualized, constitute a unique vision and contribution to social justice.

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African Roots in Latino Culture, Music and Dance

Oct 30 @ 7PM

Join us for a virtual discussion on the influence of African slaves on the creation and legacies of Latin American musical and dance forms.


Generous support provided by ADP, official Community Engagement Partner of NJPAC

Social Justice Learning Series: A Style Nobody Can Deal With: Hip Hop, Black Aesthetics, and the Arts is part of NJPAC’s Colton Institute for Training and Research in the Arts

Support for NJPAC Professional Development provided, in part, by BD, Kennedy Center Partners in Education, Merck Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Panasonic Foundation, PNC, Prudential Foundation, Richmond County Savings Foundation, Santander, TD Charitable Foundation, Turrell Fund, Victoria Foundation and Wolf Trap


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