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The Roots & Wings of Hip-Hop Culture

  • Teachers College, Columbia University 525 East 120th Street New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

The Roots & Wings of Hip-Hop Culture:

Exploring Hip-Hop, Healing and Spirituality

A Two Part Event | Monday, Feb 29 12pm-5pm | Teachers College, 525 W. 120th St, NYC


Event Details:

Panel Showcasing Research, Theory and Practice

Monday, February 29th, 12pm-2pm - Milbank Chapel

Toni Blackman, Author of the Wisdom of the Cypher, rapper, actress, writer and U.S. State Department Ambassador

Walter Hildago, Author of Beyond the Four Walls, The Rising Ministry and Spirituality of Hip-Hop 

Dr. Josef Sorett, Assistant Professor of Religion and African-American Studies and Associate Director of the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life

Sage Morgan-Hubbard, Multidisciplinary Artist, Poet, Activist


This panel will showcase the research, theory and practice that honor the intersections between Hip-Hop, healing and spirituality. This interactive and creative panel will not only highlight the work of the world renown practitioners, scholars and activists, but also present initial findings of a scan of themes and understandings related to Hip-Hop and spirituality, as well as invite attendees to bring their own experience to the table through the framework of the Cypher. 


What’s Next? A Workshop & Discussion

Monday, February 29th, 2pm-5pm - Thompson 229

Registration is Required |Dinner Provided 5pm-6pm

Toni Blackman, Author of the Wisdom of the Cypher, rapper, actress, writer and U.S. State Department Ambassador

Dr. Chris Emdin, Professor of Science, Technology and Mathematics, Teachers College, Columbia University 

Jarritt Sheel, PhD Candidate in Music Education, Teachers College, Columbia University 

Kelsey Pyro Van Ert, Poet, BGirl, Theater Artist, Composer


This workshop, led by Toni Blackman and IUME Scholars will creatively explore not only where the work has come, but where it will go next. Participants will be led through a workshop exploring the history, meanings and functions of the Cypher as well as be called to name their individual understandings in collaboration with a greater, universal context.


Sponsors: Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME),  Teachers College Vice President’s Diversity and Community Initiatives Grant Fund, GSAS Student Diversity Project Grant, Poets & Writers Inc.


Event Created By: The Hip-Hop Pedagogy Group at The Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME)

Moira Pirsch, Moises Lopez, Patrick Gladston Williamson, Jennifer K. Johnson, Dr. Brian Lozenski | | (212) 678-3413

Earlier Event: February 17
Hip-Hop Study-Group 2-19-2016
Later Event: April 15
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