The Words Beats and Life: A Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture

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Call For Submissions

The Words Beats and Life: A Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture is
seeking submissions for three themes that will be presented at the
2013 Teach-In:


  1. Hip Hop as an
  2. Hip Hop capacity building,
  3. Legacy: Lessons learned
    from our elders and ancestors

Hip Hop as an

What does it mean
to say, "I am Hip Hop"? Knowledge of Self is considered the fifth
element of Hip Hop, yet Hip Hop is rarely publicly discussed as an
identity. By identity we are referring to that which contributes to
an individual's character, personal understanding, and worldview. We
are currently accepting academic papers, poems, essays, and visual
arts that speak to Hip Hop as an identity.


Hip Hop Capacity

What began as a way to "keep kids off the street" is evolving from
a movement into a unified and cohesive field. WBL is looking for
examples of promising practices in Education (K – 16), Nonprofit,
For-Profit, and the emerging For-mission space to include in a
wide-reaching, information exchange. This will not only help other
programs do a better job of connecting with youth, but also help
develop standards of practice that will contribute to the advancement
of the field. We are specifically interested in models of program
design or case studies on leadership, grassroots advocacy, holistic
approaches to education, and policies that support sustainability.


Legacy: Lessons Learned
from our Elders and Ancestors

History provides numerous examples of art transforming communities
in meaningful and tangible ways. So any effort to advance the field
would be incomplete without taking a moment to look back and apply
prior experience to new circumstances. WBL is looking for submissions
that will allow us to learn from the wisdom of our elders and


Please submit a 150-word abstract for your submission with an
email address and telephone number by March 30, 2013. Panel proposals
will be considered as well as short films, poetry, and artwork. The
authors of those submissions that are selected for publication will be
invited to present at the 2013 Teach In scheduled for July 12-14,


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