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HipHopEd: The Compilation on Hip-Hop Education

Volume 2: Hip-Hop as Praxis & Social Justice

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Edited By Edmund Adjapong and Ian Levy

This second volume in the Hip-Hop Education series highlights knowledge of self as the fifth and often forgotten element of hip-hop. In many cases, a connection to hip-hop culture is one that has been well embedded in the identity of hip-hop educators. Historically, academic spaces have had misperceptions and misunderstand the authentic culture of hip-hop, often forcing hip-hop educators to abandon their authentic hip-hop selves to align themselves to the traditions of academia. This edited series highlights the realities of hip-hop educators who grapple with cultivating and displaying themselves authentically in practice and offers examples of how hip-hop can be utilized in educational spaces to promote social justice. It provides narratives of graduate students, practitioners, junior and senior scholars who all identify as part of hip-hop. The chapters in this text explore the intersections of the authors’ lived experiences, hip-hop, theory, praxis and social justice.

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Introduction: Authenticity and Knowledge of Self for the #HipHopEducator

Edmund Adjapong and Ian Levy

Part I:Hip-Hop as Practice

Chapter One: Hip-Hop as Practice and Beyond

Edmund Adjapong

Chapter Two: “I am Both, Yet I am Neither”: Exploring the Fifth Element of Hip-Hop as Spiritual Social Justice Praxis through Spoken Word Poetry

Crystal Leigh Endsley

Chapter Three: Waiting on “My Song” in Early Childhood: Exploring Hip Hop Play in Preschool and Kindergarten

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