Video from RE:DEFinition–Transforming Hip Hop Through History, Community, and Self-Definition

Take a listen to Jeff Chang’s remarks from the very excellent RE:DEFintion Hip-Hop Conference. His speech definitely challenges the hip-hop generation to continue and expand on the work that helped Barack Obama enter into the Presidency. The biggest question is: What will it look like when we win? Which I interpret as: Can we take the lessons of hip-hop, as a tool of cultural memory, and use it to shape national and international government policies away from hoarding power and capital to the ruling class and take our material resources and invest it back in the next generation of artists, teachers, and political minds?

Author: Oscar Bermeo

Born in Ecuador and raised in the Bronx, Oscar Bermeo is the author of the chapbooks Anywhere Avenue, Palimpsest, Heaven Below, and To the Break of Dawn. He lives and works in Oakland, CA.

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