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Extra Credit Awards

Hip-Hop Education Center

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

Extra Credit Awards

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Please join the Hip-Hop Education Center, in collaboration with, New York University Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools, Wikiburg, and the Disruptor Foundation for The Extra Credit Awards, an evening of inspiration and celebration showcasing a diverse set of exemplary artists and cultural organizers from across the nation who are contributing to education reform and social change. Hosted by best selling author, award winning filmmaker, rapper, and professor MK Asante. 

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The Extra Credit Awards will honor Afrika Bambaataa with a Lifetime Achievement Award and highlight the work of Dr. Christopher Emdin, author of Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop Generation and founder of Science Genius; mother of acclaimed producer James “Jay Dee aka J Dilla”  and founder of the J Dilla Foundation Maureen Yancey aka Ma Dukes; artist and founder of the High School of the Recording Arts aka Hip Hop High David T.C. Ellis; Pioneer and founding member of the Cold Crush Brothers and director of educational programming of Hip Hop Public Health Adrian Harris aka MC Easy A.D.; Founders of the Beat Making Lab DJ Stephen Levitin aka Apple Juice Kid, Pierce Freelon, and Dr. Mark Katz; Founders of Beats Rhymes and Life, Inc. Tomas Alvarez and Rob Jackson; co-Founder of the Hip-Hop Studies Program - McNally Smith College of Music Toki Wright; and co-Founders of Donda's House Donnie Smith and Rhymefest.

The hip-hop education field represents one of the most innovative and exciting educational movements of the 21st century. Launched in 2010, the Hip-Hop Education Center (HHEC) builds upon the forty years of hip-hop history, activism, and entertainment industry to engage and educate youth and adults by professionalizing the field of hip-hop-based education. The HHEC is the first institution to focus on research, conduct evaluation and training, and archive relevant hip-hop education related resources. The Center aims to provide educators with pedagogical tools and capacity to create new approaches to teaching that can be applied in a number of educational settings.

Extra Credit is the Hip-Hop Education Center’s first fundraiser and award ceremony honoring pioneers and contributors to the hip-hop and education field that are improving high school graduation rates and educational outcomes for students in the following areas: STE(A)M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics), social and emotional learning, and academic literacy.

Why do we need hip-hop education?

  • Students are not engaged in school. Approximately, 1.1 million American high school students drop out every year. That’s a student every 26 seconds – or 7,000 a day.
  • This education crisis poses direct negative consequences to poverty, crime, and economic conditions to our society. The poverty rate for families headed by dropouts is more than twice that of families headed by high school graduates. A high school dropout will earn $200,000 less than a high school graduate over his lifetime. And almost a million dollars less than a college graduate.
  • Hip-Hop-based education has proven to be a culturally relevant and responsive teaching and learning tool that motivates, empowers, and teaches 21st century skills.

How are we going to make a difference?

  • PETITION - On November 11, we are launching a We The People - White House Petition to request that the Obama Administration acknowledge hip-hop as a valuable culturally relevant pedagogical tool that should be studied and practiced in all K-12 public schools. We will have 30 days to get 100,000 signatures in order for the Obama Administration to respond to our request.
  • PARTNERSHIPS - In order to bring national attention to our mission, we have joined forces with the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of School, Wikiburg, and Disruptor Foundation to develop a social media campaign and involve some of the social change leaders in and outside of the hip-hop community.
  • POLICY - We are working with political representatives on a local and national level to create a legislative bill to mandate that hip-hop culture is integrated in the parks and programs of the National Park Service and the Department of Education Common Core State Standards.
  • HIP-HOP COMMUNIVERSITY - We are launching an online platform for the burgeoning Hip-Hop Education movement. The Communiversity is the first teaching, learning, and archival management system— whereby the community and university come together to develop an alternative educational space that utilizes hip-hop culture as an interdisciplinary teaching tool.

Have questions about Extra Credit Awards? Contact Hip-Hop Education Center

When & Where

New York University
Kimmel Center - Rosenthal Pavilion
60 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

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Hip-Hop Education Center

The mission of the Hip-Hop Education Center is to be a catalyst for social change through the operation of an online — Communiversity — whereby the community and university come together to develop an alternative educational space that utilizes hip-hop culture as an interdisciplinary teaching tool of essential life skills, all of which supports the emotional,  physical, creative, cognitive and civic development of  young people, in an effort to transform their lives and communities.

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