For people concerned with the lack of positive art in underprivileged 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 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.
News & Views
Khafre Jay - 2017 Service Experience Conference
Most people can't see Hip Hop through the lens of it being a culture, yet it is, and it's wildly misunderstood and misrepresented at the detriment of real people's peace and happiness.
Hip-Hop for Change faces an uphill battle but keeps rapping anyway.
February 22, 2016
‘Words are always OK to use, as long as you mean what you want to mean, and what does that word mean to you?
By Nate Gartrell
Oakland program defies hip-hop’s bad rap
January 3, 2015
Peace, love, unity. Hardly the message of the gangsta rap so popular in the mainstream nowadays. And yet, a new generation is rediscovering the foundations of hip-hop, which run deeper than trendy, commercialized versions of the genre currently seen in movies and on TV ...
By Mary Ellen Hunt