"I have traveled the world over but I always love coming home to NE Ohio and DJaying the Annual Hip Hop Showcase in downtown Akron every year." - DJ Mick Boogie
Akron, OH (PRWEB) October 21, 2010
Keepers of the Art, Inc. is a Hip-Hop advocacy organization designed to preserve the roots and integrity of the culture through progressive educational & entertainment outlets. Keepers of the Art, Inc. specializes in lectures, youth workshops, and programming all centered around youth and the preservation of Hip-Hop Culture. Presently, Keepers of the Art, Inc. produces and sponsors "Hip-Hop Flavas - Celebrating the Golden Age & Beyond" an "edutainment" media reform radio program designed to spotlight "true school" hip-hop music (91.3 The Summit WAPS, Saturday nights at 10pm). Keepers of the Art, Inc. provides the following services: Youth Workshops, Lectures, Program Development and more.
Keepers of the Art produces Hip Hop Flavas, an "edutainment" radio program designed to mix "true school" Hip Hop past and present with relevant social commentary. Hip Hop Flavas airs every Saturday night at 10pm on 91.3 WAPS- The Summit. To date, the following in-studio guests have been: Akron Public Schools Superintendent- Dr. Sylvester Small, Akron Urban League President- Bernett L. Williams, Educational Lyrics Founder- Gabriel Benn, Assistant to the Mayor- Billy Soule, among many others.
Hip Hop Flavas is sponsored by the City of Akron and Akron Community Foundation's Neighborhood Partnership Program, Guitar Center, Cargill, SHOOIn Company, JenBStampin and Square Records.
Also presently, Keepers of the Art is in partnership with the Ohio Governors Office, Akron Public Schools and the Akron Urban League to provide mentoring services for the purpose of closing the achievement gap among 9th grade African-American males.
Keepers of the Art also teaches classes via the H.E.L.P Workshop- designed for educators who are looking for a unique way to culturally connect to the diverse youth they serve. The creation of H.E.L.P. came out of a desire to use the influence of Hip Hop music on the 21st century student, to promote student interest in reading and strengthen their abilities in all five areas of literacy: phonemic awareness, vocabulary development, comprehension, writing and fluency.
The Hip-Hop Generation and the Need for New Leadership: This workshop will delve into the current state of Black leadership in America. Additionally, students will understand how hip-hop culture is the most influential, and the only universal social phenomenon in the American marketplace. With this being said, it is imperative for the next generation of leaders to understand its past and present power in order to effectively use it to influence political, economic and social policy.
Hip-Hop v. Rap - A Historical Perspective: This workshop offers an historical perspective of Hip-Hop culture from its conception to present day. The elements of the culture will be highlighted and explored. Additionally, we will break down the love-hate-love relationship between hip-hop and American society. Lastly we will discuss and explore the un-seen corporate forces that are negatively influencing Hip-Hop Culture.
The Dwindling Number of Men of Color on College Campuses: This workshop explores the crisis of the shortage of men of color in institutions of higher education. Along the way, we will spotlight social barriers that have and continue to impede these young men from achieving academic excellence. Lastly, recommendations and solutions will be introduced in order to empower our young men to overcome these social barriers.
Young Genius Program: A collaborative mentoring effort between Gov. Strickland's Initiative To Increase The Graduation Rate, Akron Public Schools, The Akron Urban League and H.E.L.P. The Young Genius Program seeks to provide socially relevant, holistic approaches to academic, socio-economic and cultural improvement.
Facilitated by Keepers of the Art, Inc., the program consists of four components: Violence Prevention & Gangs (Anger Management-Conflict Resolution-You and the Law-The System-Violence-Community Panel Discussion), Negative & Positive Images in Hip Hop & the Media (History-The Message-Bling Bling-Video Girls-The Media-What's Good), H.E.L.P. (the Hip Hop Educational Literacy Project), and Financial Literacy (Setting Financial Goals-Understanding Credit-Savings Strategies-Managing Debt). Classes are conducted at The Akron Urban League, currently for ninth grade students in various Akron Public Schools.
Please contact Keepers of the Art at info(at)keepersoftheart(dot)com or 330-990-1178 for more info, questions or booking.