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HipHopEd: The Compilation on Hip-Hop Education

Volume 2: Hip-Hop as Praxis & Social Justice


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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Chapter Four: “Can I Kick It? Yes You Can!”: Imagining Hip-Hop Cultural Centers on College/University Campuses (Ian D. Zamora, Daniel J. Cardenas, and Caz J. Salamanca)


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“Can I Kick It? Yes You Can!”

Imagining Hip-Hop Cultural Centers on College/University Campuses

ian d. zamora, daniel j. cardenas, and caz j. salamanca

@justsoulful and @dancardenas85


As authors contributing to hip-hop education research, we observe gaps regarding hip-hop education within a higher education setting. The gaps in existing research encourage us to explore how hip-hop can be applied to college-going scholars in a higher education context. In this chapter, we share our personal to make the case for integrating hip-hop in higher education. We present the educational value of hip-hop in our journey through academia, how those experiences informed our current personal and professional practices, and how we envision the future of hip-hop in higher education: through the lens of currently/formerly working in cultural centers in colleges and universities. Through our engagement of hip-hop and cultural centers, we have navigated through our sense of belonging, and deepened our own knowledge of self.

In summary, we make the argument that colleges must integrate hip-hop culture in much the same way they have built community and cultural resource centers, and truly engage student’s full selves to embed hip-hop pedagogies within higher education via a Hip-Hop Cultural Center (HHCC).

hip-hop enough (caz J. salamanca)

The first time I attempted to incorporate hip-hop into my formal education as an undergraduate college student was through a course I took on cognitive ethnography; the...

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