This spring I’ll be teaching a video course entitled Hip-Hop: Visualizing the Story. I don’t think I’ve been this hyped and nervous about teaching a course in a while. How do I condense the brilliance and culture of hip hop into 8 weeks? Hip-Hop: Visualizing the Story focuses on cialis onset hip-hop as a tool for social change. We’ll discuss the history, culture and social significance with different songs and artists as well as having several Chicago rappers come in to speak with the students. By the end students will have selected a song and created a video visually bringing that song’s story/message/emotion to life.
I have a confession to make. As a kid…I was in the Hanson fan club. But while I was mmmbopn’ in my room my brother was creating a rap empire in his with a variety of cd’s and records. I began to sneak into his room and take his CD’s, or when I was invited in, I’d consume everything I heard. In that music I discovered a voice that described my environment; there was a familiarity that was comforting. I grew up in South Central LA and I remember the Rodney King riots, low-riders on Sundays, racial tension and the beautiful and vibrant African American cultural scene surrounding me. I desperately try to hold on to these memories because it is such a strong ingredient in my being. From my brother making me believe my mom wanted to name me Bonita Applebum (a song by A Tribe Called Quest) to the both of us going to meet Talib Kweli after school at a small neighborhood record store, hip-hop has played a crucial role in my life.
So why is it important for students to listen to hip-hop and talk about it? Because I want them to realize there is music out there that isn’t degrading, sexist or violent. There is music that was made to empower, to educate and address social generic cialis issue. Hip-Hop inspires me greatly in the work I do. This music created a platform for voices of color to be heard, and I try to do the same with my photos. I am so appreciative that my brother Doc, a rapper and trained cellist, introduced me to hip-hop. When I told him about my course he said, “Remember, hip-hop is also about creativity and expression. Using the resources available. They didn’t have much but they created a culture out of what little they did have. It’s an art form for the poor working class people. The have nots.”
Some songs that I love.
Pete Rock and C.L Smooth- T.R.O.Y. (They Reminisce Over You)
Blackstar- Thieves in the Night
De La Soul: Stakes is High
2Pac- Live and Die in LA
Sophia Nahli Allison
Sophia Nahli Allison is a photographer and arts educator based in Chicago. Using photography and video as a method of educating and inspiring youth, she is a teaching artist with Marwen, Street Level Youth Media, a photographer and writer for "SIFC: The Chicago Arts, Archive and Collective Project", and has worked as the photojournalism teaching artist with Step Up Women’s Network. As a visual storyteller she is dedicated to using photography to examine identity and social issues. Sophia believes art is truly an effective way to educate, empower, and evoke change. She loves sunshine, coffee, the ocean, laughter, and being around phenomenal educators and artists.