News Release

Celebrate Hip Hop culture

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Photo of Tamarat Tdeme

Tamarat Tademe, associate professor, Department of Human Relations and Multicultural Education.

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the HipHop Declaration of Peace, a set of principles that proclaim a global culture of peace and prosperity.

The free public "Power In Diversity Hip Hop College Conference" is 3-7 p.m. May 20 in Ruth Gant Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

Parking is free on streets adjacent to campus and a dollar-an-hour in the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp

Presenting will be:

  • Tamarat Tademe, associate professor, Department of Human Relations and Multicultural Education.
  • John "Minista Zin Uru" Lory from The Temple Of Hip Hop, a educational/political ministry that promotes the positive aspects of hip hop culture and encourages performers to write, and radio stations to play, socially conscious music.
  • Kable Reid, hip hop cultural specialist and director of marketing and promotions for Minnesota-based Vigilant Promotions.

The Temple of Hip Hop was founded by KRS-One, also known as Teacha. The American rapper, lecturer, activist and author, born Lawrence Parker, has published a 800-plus page manifesto that Amazon describes as a philosophical, Bible-like life guide for the hip hop culture. View a video of Lory talking about the book.

Campus sponsors for the event include the International Relations/Global Issues Club, Student Breakdancing Club and the Department of Human Relations and Multicultural Education.

Community partners include Vigilant Promotions and the Temple of Hip Hop International Leadership Council.

For more information, contact Carissa Johnson at joca0701@stcloudstate.edu or 763-439-6540.

The celebration at St. Cloud State is part of a national Hip Hop Appreciation Week

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