The ‘Bebop to Hip Hop’ series goes educational and assembles a group of minds to rap about misogyny.
Kansas City, MO | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The American Jazz Museum’s Poet-in-Residence Glenn North, with cooperation from Kansas City rapper and arts educator Stacy “Reach” Smith, are joining forces to develop an educational arm for their ‘Bebop to Hip Hop’ series. The pair represents two-thirds of a brain trust (rounded out by Jazz trumpeter Hermon Mehari) that created a musical platform two years ago to explore the relationship between Hip Hop and Jazz. North and Smith are now establishing a marketplace for the ideas that underscore the histories and legacies of those genres. The American Jazz Museum (1616 E. 18th Street) will host a free Hip Hop symposium titled “Who You Calling a B—? (The Rap on Misogyny in Hip Hop)” at 7pm on Wednesday, March 27th. The two-hour discussion will intellectualize the Rap genre’s misogyny problem. Panelists will include: Necia Gamby (Massage Practitioner/Entrepreneur – NRG in Motion), Yusef Harris (Author & Rap producer), Angel “Angel” Newton (Emcee – Holy Hip Hop group H.E.R.O.E.S.), and Stacy “Reach” Smith (Emcee & Arts Educator – Kansas City Young Audiences).
As with anything that matures, Hip Hop has now reached the age of accountability. The globalization of the culture attests to its transcendent influence. Responsibility is ultimately indispensable to power, so the time has arrived for the art form to own its negative impact on the world. One such example is the perpetuation of misogyny in popular culture. The objectification and commoditization of women clearly existed long before Hip Hop cut its teeth in the 1970’s, but it’s done little to resist those inherited ideas. In some ways, Hip Hop is even advancing those ideas. Misogyny is an American problem, but Hip Hop is an American institution. Kansas City is the newest community willing to have a conversation about how those two truths are connected.
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