I've got a whole city to hold down

April 04, 2005

Doin' it for themselves

Dawn Turner Trice in today's Trib:
On Thursday, the University of Chicago's Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture will open its doors for a three-day conference titled 'Feminism and Hip Hop.' Scholars, community activists and artistic types, among others, will convene to talk about the effect hip-hop has had on feminism, sexuality, image, culture, you name it.

The conference is in such demand that even before last month's pre-registration deadline, organizers already had met their goal of just over 1,000 participants. It's booked solid, folks. ...

The conference hopes to offer something for everybody under one roof. Scholars who have been studying hip-hop for years will get to probe deeper into why it continues to have such an influence in American culture.

Community activists desperate to find ways to counteract the negative influences will be able to share combat tactics. Artists will want to make sure that in all the noisemaking, there's no attack on the creativity that made rap and hip-hop viable art forms.