Daniel White Hodge

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‘Harlem Shake’ videos spark effort to ‘resist the fad’

 

 

News Analysis

By Jamal Denman

Contributing Writer

 

On March 13, Hamline University in St. Paul hosted a forum titled, “The Harlem Shake as Blackface: A Critical Look at Cultural Appropriation.” The forum was a panel discussion about a recent YouTube phenomenon and its relation to racism and people who identify themselves as White appropriating elements of cultures created by people of color. The panel of nine was made up of scholars, professors, students from Hamline, local artists, and others described as being nationally known speakers and activists connected to either hip hop culture, the city of Harlem, privilege, or appropriation who can share their experiences and expertise to shed light on why the “Harlem Shake” videos are a problem. For those who are unaware, the “Harlem Shake” being addressed is not referring to the dance made popular by Harlem youth in the 1980s; instead, it refers to a track created by a producer named Baauer, who named it “Harlem Shake.”

The track itself is not what is necessarily causing the commotion. It is the fact that it is used in videos uploaded to the Internet showing people moving around wildly to the track, and that it has created a sort of phenomenon, having influenced many different people to create similar videos. Continue Reading →

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

 
News Analysis
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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