MK Asante enlightens listeners on how the survival ethic that is at heart of Black life and culture permeates Hip Hop culture. Asante maintains that this survival ethic is responsible for the codes and improvisation that are found within Hip Hop and can even be found in the etymology of the word Hip Hop. Georgetown University sociology professor and Hip Hop scholar Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is central to the conversation.
Using an undertone of Hip Hop poetic swag, MK Asante demonstrates that Hip Hop is more than a genre of music. He likens the five elements of Hip Hop to a curriculum and shows how these elements can be embraced and embodied in art. Using his own version of Hip Hop swag, Georgetown University sociology professor Dr. Michael Eric Dyson enriches the conversation.
Drawing parallels to some of the historical resistance movements of African-Americans, MK Asante offers five requisites for art. He maintains that art has healing potentials if these five elements are present. Georgetown University sociology professor Dr. Michael Eric Dyson adds to the discussion.
MK Asante acknowledges the primacy of the community (the village) to the African-American community and discusses the importance of collective responsibility to child rearing. Georgetown University sociology professor Dr. Michael Eric Dyson contributes to the conversation.
Propelled by an insatiable thirst for knowledge, MK Asante’s self-discovery continues as his father and a teacher at an alternative school feed his newfound love for books. Asante makes contemporary connections to literacy issues and the indispensability of literacy to an informed, empowered citizenry. Georgetown University sociology professor Dr. Michael Eric Dyson contributes to the discussion.