This may bring people some pleasure as a diversion but that’s all it is. What does this have to do with serious study?

The DePaulia reports:

Storytelling for social justice

DePaul University’s Center for Identity, Inclusion and Social Change hosted a hip-hop and social justice workshop with Aisha Fukushima last Tuesday morning, Oct. 25.

In Student Center 120AB, there was plenty of room for attendees to get up and participate, and they did just that.

Fukushima is the founder of a program called Raptivism, a hip-hop project that spans ten countries and four continents “highlighting the ways culture can contribute to universal efforts for freedom and justice by challenging oppression with expression,” according to Fukushima’s website.

Fukushima hosted the event as both a lecture and a workshop. For the first half of the event, she had everyone up and out of their seats to join a “cipher circle,” where attendees created beats and rhymes of their own.

For the middle portion of the event, everyone returned to their seats. Only this time, attendees all sat in front of the lecture hall and next to strangers, rather than scattered across the room as they were before the cipher circle.

By the end, Fukushima had attendees creating and sharing their own poems and stories over hip-hop beats.