DailyKos: Oakland ‘raptivist’ hopes to shift false narratives of the Black community through art and music

May 22, 2020

 Khafre Jay, the founder and executive director of Hip Hop for Change, teaches students to use hip hop music, breakdancing, and graffiti art as ...

Mother Jones: 20,000 Kids Have Learned Hip-Hop From One Revolutionary Network. Today’s Plague Won’t Stop It Either.

May 14, 2020

Turning a pandemic into an opportunity for educational and artistic empowerment is what Khafre Jay lives for, and his celebrated Hip Hop for Change network isn’t about to let today’s crisis (just the latest) short-circuit its mission . . .

Hip Hop For Change aims to empower and inspire

July 17, 2019

The program is based on four principles from the Zulu nation: “peace, love, unity and having fun,” said Jay. Students learn about graffiti art, breakdancing, DJ’ing and, of course, lyricism. The workshops are very hands-on, but they always begin with the history and nuances of hip-hop culture, which have largely been left out of mainstream hip-hop, said Jay.

San Francisco Chronicle: Oakland program defies hip-hop’s bad rap

January 03, 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.

Oakland Tribune: Drummond: Hip Hop for Change promotes socially conscious rap

February 07, 2015

Khafre Jay asks a classroom of seventh- and eighth-graders at Bancroft Middle School in San Leandro to name hip-hop artists that they’ve heard of. “Nicki Minaj. Drake. K Camp. Mase,” various students call out. Then he asks what they rap about. Hands shoot up. Violence. Sex. Drugs. Disrespecting women. “That’s all they pretty much talk about,” one girl says.

KALW: Hip Hop Hope: Oakland non-profit finds community and strength in hip hop

November 25, 2015

It’s Friday morning at Lighthouse Charter School in East Oakland, and the kids in Ms. Baumert’s ninth-grade class have a visitor. 

New Bayview: Hip Hop for Change organizes the Environmental Equity Summit for May 21

May 20, 2016

Khafre Jay and Hip Hop for Change, the non-profit he founded, are starting to make a name for themselves on the Bay Area’s Hip Hop, media and advocacy scene. Besides promoting dope independent shows, Hip Hop for Change is organizing the upcoming Environmental Equity Summit on Saturday, May 21, 1-6 p.m., located at the New Parish in Oakland . . . 

Observer: Teaching Kendrick Lamar and Social Justice in and Outside the Classroom

July 27, 2015

Hands up, don’t shoot. Pants up, don’t loot. Black lives matter. White lives matter. We live in a white supremacist culture. We live in post-racial America.

I can’t breathe
I can breathe
I can’t breathe

Alemeda Magazine: Eliminating the Elements

November 01, 2014

Khafre Jay of Hip-Hop for Change faces an uphill battle but keeps rapping anyway.

EastBay Express: An Oakland Nonprofit Wants to Change the Rap Paradigm

August 20, 2014

Hip Hop For Change is creating a grassroots movement to promote socially conscious hip-hop artists.

The Bay Bridged: Hip Hop 4 Change is taking it to the streets

January 24, 2014

Hip hop came from the streets of the Bronx and Harlem, and has arguably never lost its connection to the context in which it was born. Speaking authentically about life "on the streets" is still a priority of rap and hip hop artists.

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