Monday, April 10, 2006

Support Words, Beats And Life Hip Hop Organization.

In an effort to continue to enhance the work of the Words. Beats. Life. Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture, the editorial staff has decided to produce two issues per year. This means that we will be dedicating more time to each issue and enhancing the content by working with each individual author over the course of the year. We have also decided to have each issue delve deeply into two themes instead of one.

Volume 3 of the Words. Beats. Life. Journal
 Volume 3 issue 1 Theme One
Strategies for Community Transformation: Is Hip-Hop really a movement? (Activism, Education, Politics)

Fundamentally, this issue seeks to answer a very simple question: “Is hip-hop a movement?” However, the answers to this question in all likelihood will be somewhat complex. Recent years have seen the emergence of national hip-hop voter registration organizations such as the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network and national grassroots organizations such as the Hip-Hop Caucus. On a more local level, around the country a number of hip-hop non-profits, watchdog groups, service oriented organizations, conferences, books and university classes have been created to explore the complexities of hip-hop’s history, present and future. Often, these endeavors explore the latent, inherent and apparent “power” of hip-hop. This issue should include best practices of such organizations, documentaries, classes and books. Submissions on various levels should identify the limitations of hip-hop as a political movement or tool in a national and international sense.

 Volume 3 issue 1 Theme Two
Language, Experience & Culture: The Stories of a Generation (Hip-Hop Theatre, Film, Literature)

This portion of the volume is explicitly focused on connecting the cultural artifact of hip-hop today to the artistic movement of the past, be that the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement or “less known” national and international arts movements. Submissions should be committed to drawing clear lines of connection to previous arts movement for the express purpose of helping readers to understand how hip-hop emerged and flourishes around the world.
This second theme focuses on the cultural artifacts and byproducts of hip-hop culture. On this second level we are especially interested in submissions that tell the story of the ways in which hip-hop currently represents the interest of individuals, communities and/or corporations.

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