2020 Awardee of both the William J. Zellerbach Award For Social Change and the SF Symphony's Ellen Magnin Newman Award
Corporate media presents Hip Hop music and culture as a grotesque array of negative stereotypes embracing criminality, sexism, homophobia, gross materialism, and domination culture. These corporate representations of Black and brown people are rooted in white supremacy and serve to legitimize the oppression of POC communities. We are here to teach the world about true Hip Hop Culture, and how Hip Hop can be used as a tool for social justice. Join the fight for our culture!
SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS
Our social justice events give a platform to positive and progressive artists who have been left behind by corporate controlled media. We let the community speak their truths while educating them about important topics like environmental equity, women's empowerment, and more!
We have taught over 25,000 youth nationwide and internationally the history of Hip Hop evolution, music, and culture. Our program gives K-12 and university level students the tools they need to facilitate positive self-expression and better understand Hip Hop Culture, which is rooted in Peace, Love, Unity, and Having Fun.
We've employed 1000+ people from all walks of life, providing them with livable wages and professional job training. Our grassroots team works to bridge the gaps between affluent and disparate communities by educating the public on issues of race, social justice, and the cooptation of Hip Hop.
HARNESSING THE POWER OFHIP HOP FOR CHANGE
Come celebrate Hip Hop For Change winning the William J. Zellerbach Award For Social Change with HH4C staff, local artists, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation! Join moderator Davey D in conversation with Khafre Jay (Executive Director), Gema Cantu (Development Director), Marlon Richardson (Education Director), and Stephanie Liem (Communications Director). Featuring live performances by DJ Lady Ryan, Ryan Nicole, and Kev Choice. Experience the force of art and culture being deployed to express, educate, empower, and transform!
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have lost 25% of our donor base and were forced to let go of our entire grassroots canvassing team. Additionally, COVID-19 policies mandating nationwide school closures have paused our pending contracts for the remaining school year. Many of our artist educators rely on these teaching contracts and are struggling to stay financially secure.
Despite economic hardship, we are still doing inspirational work in the community and being recognized for it. In the midst of COVID-19, we have developed an online Hip Hop curriculum, provided jobs to local artists, and started building a free recording studio for the youth to express themselves.
Black dreams and Black futures are worth still fighting for! Please consider becoming a monthly donor as we navigate through these difficult times together. Thank you, from the Hip Hop For Change family.
We are very excited to announce that our long-time dream of owning our own professional recording studio is now a reality! We started construction on August 1, 2020 and we hope to have it completed by summer 2021.
Hip Hop For Change Recording Studios will be a FREE community space for youth under 24 to emotionally and creatively express themselves. It will also help us create sound engineering jobs for local artists. The studio triples as an additional space for our Education Department to program Hip Hop classes and workshops from. From tracking and mixing, beat-making and rapping, to podcasting and video editing, we want this space to be a welcoming environment for all things Hip Hop.
We are calling on our supporters to help us build a state of the art studio and pay for the digital equipment needed to operate it. Please consider donating and being a part of this very special journey as we move our dream forward. Let's invest in our youth together!