Six students from Davidson County Community College were recently invited to participate in a Hip-Hop Summit, an event created to support a need for awareness and insight into a revolutionary movement that stretches across cultural divides. The event was held on the campus of Winston-Salem State University.
“Hip-hop is a global phenomenon that is embraced on every continent,” says Al Shaw, coordinator of the DCCC Minority Male Mentoring Program, who accompanied the students to the event. “Because it is not prohibited by language and cultural barriers, it has become a tool for addressing problems and promoting change throughout the world.” Students Willy Mosley and Jacquis Stiller were part of an eight-member panel that responded to several questions about the current state of the hip-hop culture – a movement which originated in the African American community. Mosley, Stiller and other panelists addressed issues connected to hip-hop, such as the responsibility of hip-hop artists, whether or not hip-hop hurts African American culture, a whether or not hip-hop is homophobic and hip-hop being used as a political tool.
Other students who attended the panel from DCCC included DeCarlo Duling, DeAries Jackson, Quamaine Love and Hasan Mateen.
“The Hip-Hop Summit provided a remarkable opportunity for students to share perspectives and address current issues related to the culture of hip-hop,” Shaw added.