Rima and Rebeldia (Rhyme and Rebellion): Reflections on Global Hip-hop at a Crossroads
From 2001-2007, Marinieves Alba served as the Founding Director of the International Hip-Hop Exchange (IHX). Through this work, she collaborated with youth, community and cultural organizations nationally and internationally to create platforms for socially-conscious Hip-hop artists throughout the globe. From Havana to Harlem, Hip-hop culture is at the center of a dialogue around race, class, globalization, consumption, and transformation. This interactive workshop will explore how youth globally are using Hip-hop culture to positively impact their socio-political landscapes while strengthening their individual and collective capacity for personal transformation and social change. It will also explore Hip-hop as an artistic tradition which engenders political and cultural resistance, and transnational identity formation for youth across ethnic boundaries. Examples from work done in New York, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Global South will be used to explore these and other themes related to the interaction between art, youth activism, and global youth agendas for social change.
Keywords: Youth Culture in the Americas, The Arts & Social Change, International Hip-Hop, Transnational Identity
Independent Arts & Media Consultant, The Zol Lab