Explore How Hip Hop & Politics Intersect at the MLK Branch Library

Sat 5/6 @ 11AM

There was never really a time when hip hop wasn’t entwined with politics. The culture emerged from block parties in the black neighborhoods and quickly became a way for the young people in these neighborhoods to express their feelings about the social around them, about systemic oppression and injustice.

And while the commercial side of hip hop — the rap songs on the radio — are often obsessed with how big a splash the speaker is making “in the club,” many artists are following in the path of groups like Public Enemy (pictured) and continuing to reflect how they see their place in society and what they feel needs to change.

At “Dump’s America: Democracy and Politics in Hip Hop,” at the MLK branch of the Cleveland Public Library, a roundtable discussion on how today’s hip hop culture addresses politics will follow a screening of the short film Legalize Democracy, which looks at how corporate power, oppression and people’s social movements interact in the U.S. and the ways in which corporations and the wealthy have usurped power and drowned out ordinary people’s voices and needs.

The film was produced by Move to Amend, an organization pushing for a constitutional amendment that says money is not speech and corporations are not people, intended to shoot the legs out from under the Citizens United and McCutcheon supreme court decisions which opened the floodgates for a tsunami of money into elections.

The event is free and open to all.



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