This panel, held at the National Conference for Media Reform in Boston on April 9, analyzed the political trajectory of hip hop culture. The panelists spoke about their current work in articulating new perspectives on hip-hop, organizing and scholarship relative to black and brown communities around the nation and world.

The panel highlighted the dire state of hip-hop politics and economics with regard to political struggle, and provided tangible ideas for building a politics that incorporates and embraces radical political histories, LGBTQ communities, consistent critique of the prison-industrial complex, and the politics of media justice. Thanks to Kyle Johnson of Gila/Mimbres Community Radio for the footage.


  • Rosa Clemente, Community Organizer and Hip-Hop Journalist
  • Dr. Jared Ball, Morgan State University
  • Mariama White-Hammond, Project HIP-HOP

Moderated by Christopher Tinson, Hampshire College