4 Wheel City Teams up with Fordham University to Make Hip Hop History

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The dynamic paraplegic rap group known for inspiring people to never give up, 4 Wheel City, has announced they will be performing live at the 1st annual “One Mic, One Movement: Advances in Hip Hop Therapy & Hip Hop Psychology” Conference & Concert taking place Saturday, February 4, 2012 at Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus, (New York, New York). “This a great opportunity for us to share our unique brand of what we call motivational hip hop,” says group’s led rapper Tap Waterz

Coming off the success of their stay in school themed single the “Welcome to Reality G-Mix” which featured rap legend Snoop Dogg, 4 Wheel City will extend its brand of "rap therapy" to the One Mic, One Movement: Advances in Hip Hop Therapy & Hip Hop Psychology” Conference & Concert. 4 Wheel City uses hip hop music as a motivational tool to encourage at risk youth to make responsible decisions and as a therapeutic tool to inspire others with disabilities to never give up. "With NYC being the birthplace of hip-hop, "One Mic One Movement" is pleased to create a platform for emerging artists such as 4 Wheel City to share their passion for hip hop music to a diverse array of listeners," said Donald Garner, one of 3 co-organizers of the conference. http://onemiconemovement.eventbrite.com/?ref=ecal

The purpose of the “One Mic, One Movement: Advances in Hip Hop Therapy & Hip Hop Psychology” Concert & Conference” is to bring together artist like 4 Wheel City to showcase Hip Hop-based interventions in a variety of diverse settings. For the first time, social scientists, researchers, practitioners, students, youth and community agencies will come together to discuss and explore “evidence-informed” Hip Hop-based therapeutic intervention and prevention models. http://onemiconemovement.eventbrite.com/?ref=ecal

Youth, particularly low income, ethnic minority youth are slowly becoming an endangered species and what is needed are new, innovative, culturally guided approaches that are informed by evidence and data. "It is clear that what traditional programs, and agencies serving youth have been doing have not been very effective.This conference is one of the most important events of our time. It’s going to be historic. In addition, in the spirit of Hip Hop, we are sponsoring a concert that will showcase some of the most skilled, artists who are "socially conscious.” says Dr. Edgar H Tyson founder of Fordham University's Hip Hop Therapy program.

The “One Mic, One Movement: Advances in Hip Hop Therapy & Hip Hop Psychology” Concert & Conference” will be hosted by Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service. To purchase tickets or find out more information log on to: http://onemiconemovement.eventbrite.com/?ref=ecal

ABOUT 4 WHEEL CITY: http://theinnercityblogger.blogspot.com/ OR http://www.4wheelcity.com
Namel Norris and Ricardo Velasquez are from the same housing project in the Bronx, Ny, yet had never met until fate provided them with a common tragedy. Both men are in wheelchairs, with Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI), owed to gunshots. As their friendship grew, the two discovered that music was an even stronger bond between them.

4WHEELCITY is more than an organization or corporation. It is a movement toward healing the hearts and minds of today’s youth. Our vision is one of a world where underprivileged and neglected communities can be free of the constant threat of violence and truly thrive under the banner of hope and inspiration that we provide. 4WheelCity represent all those who have been challenged by setbacks in life, yet possess the will to overcome. 4WheelCity is the energy of faith and achievement.

Fordham's nationally ranked Graduate School of Social Service has been educating Social Work professionals since 1916. Through the BASW, MSW and PhD programs, Fordham has graduated an active network of alumni who live and work around the world. We are known for our commitment to human rights and social justice and developing a strong community of students and faculty. Our students learn first-hand through a variety of fieldwork placements in tri-state (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut) area agencies.

Hip Hop Therapy (HHT) is a movement led by pioneer Dr. Edgar H. Tyson who has written extensively about Hip Hop Therapy, who applies contemporary, urban youth culture (e.g., Hip Hop) in prevention and intervention research, and who develops and strengthens Hip Hop-based delinquency prevention and civic engagement models for youth from a holistic, family-centered, and community-centered approach (Tyson, 2012).

Hip Hop Psychology (HHP) is a school of philosophical inquiry which seeks to use the artistic components of Hip Hop (movement, visual art, music production and emceeing) as a means to provide a culturally sensitive, multi-linguistic way of expressing in a therapeutic or medical context (Gardner & Roychoudhury, 2010).HHP is also praxis – a complex cyclical activity involving theory, application, evaluation, reflection and further theory which builds upon the metanarrative of Hip Hop, as the catalyst for a renaissance of emotional expression and transformative social change, in order to bridge gaps, pursue humanization and diplomatically work towards conflict transformation by using the best of capitalism and socialism to diminish power differentials and pursue a path towards emancipatory therapy and liberating education in order to achieve a dialectic or reconciliation (Roychoudhury & Gardner, 2012).


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