Hip Hop Studies Conference:
Spirituality and Social Justice
April 5, 2017
Allen University, Columbia, SC
The music, language, dance, art, and fashion that constitute hip-hop culture have often been celebrated as a means for giving voice to marginalized people in the US and around the world. Hip hop, in short, is often conceived as a potential vehicle for achieving social justice in a world riven by racism, sexism, classism and other forms of oppression. It is perhaps just as frequently condemned for perpetuating dysfunctional values and harmful stereotypes that impede efforts to achieve a more just and equitable society.