For people concerned with the lack of positive art in our communities, Hip Hop For Change Inc. is the nonprofit that educates and empowers all people with a platform to express themselves through the arts while teaching society about the power of Hip Hop Culture.
the three pillars of our work
grassroots JOb Program
We've employed hundreds of people from all walks of life with a living wage to educate the public around issues of race, social justice, and the cooptation of Hip Hop. We have nearly 100 thousand conversations in affluent communities every year bridge social gaps and bring disparate communities together.
Hip Hop Education
We've taught over 20 thousand youth the history of Hip Hop evolution, music, and culture in California so far. Our experiential workshops give kids K-12 the tools for their own positive, healthy self-expression and a better understanding of a culture rooted in Peace, Love, Unity, and Having Fun.
Social Justice Events
We throw social justice-themed events that give a platform to issues like environmental equity, women's empowerment, and other important issues affecting marginalized communities. We provide pay for positive and progressive artists that have been left behind by corporate-controlled media, and we keep narratives of hope and struggle accessible for all people.
The mainstream music industry sells sexism, drug abuse, homophobia, materialism, and gang violence as if these problems represent the cornerstones of hip hop culture.
The corporate media presents Hip Hop music and culture as a grotesque array of negative stereotypes, embracing criminality, sexism, homophobia, materialism, and domination culture. These corporate representations are part of a historical legacy of oppression of black and brown people; propaganda that demonizes and objectifies people of color is the ideological basis for the legitimization of oppression and prejudice.