Saturday, March 30th 2013 – San Francisco, CA – The Hip-Hop Proclamations Event Series presents Run It Back: Remembering and Reimagining Hip-Hop as Social Activism.
This panel discussion featured artists/activists Boots Riley (The Coup), M1 (dead prez), Aisha Fukushima (Raptivism), Jasiri X, StaHHr, Jahi, Mark Gonzales, and was moderated by Davey-D at the African American Art & Culture Complex in SF. The panelists, each long-term veterans of not only Hip-Hop arts and culture, but also in their own ways, of activism, community organizing, youth outreach and education. Their discussion lasted for over two hours and touched on the issues of: defining “hip-hop activism,” school closures, home-schooling and education in general, representation of people of color in the corporate media, and most importantly imagining and creating alternatives to the current power structure through Hip-Hop, but also direct action in solidarity with the youth, incarcerated, and other marginalized members of our communities.
In addition to other guest speakers who discussed organizations in the Bay Area doing Hip-Hop activism and working against the prison industrial complex, the event also included an exhibition from the Black History 101 Mobile Museum with included a variety of Hip-Hop “artifacts” such as vinyl records, movie posters, magazines, a Public Enemy jersey, and even action figures of Master P, 2Pac, and Biggie Smalls.