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‘Hip hop activism against youth behind bars’ off to a slow start

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By Dwight Hobbes
Contributing Writer
“Local Hip-Hop community speaks out against youth and the prison system at Boneshaker Books,” is how the press release read for “Hip-Hop Activism Against    Youth Behind Bars.”  Sponsored Nov. 15 by Twin Cities Save the Kids and Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching at Hamline University, moderated by Anthony J. Nocella II of Save the Kids, the informal presentation showcased three speakers: spoken word poet Antonio Rice, poet Chaun Webster, and author Daniel White Hodge, Ph.D. (Heaven Has a Ghetto: The Missiological Gospel & Theology of Tupac Amaru Shakur and The Soul of Hip Hop: Rimbs, Timbs, & a Cultural Theology). Through its juvenile courts and adult criminal justice system, America incarcerates more of its youth than any other country and, of course, a disproportionate number of those are Black. Reached by email before the event, Daniel White Hodge noted, “The majority of the population of youth incarcerated in the U.S. are youth of color. Youth in this country, once they get involved in the U.S. criminal justice system, are caught in a revolving door, technically referred to as recidivism. Continue Reading →

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