WHAT the BLEEP Happened to Hip Hop?

RSVP NOW for Houston ‪#‎WHATtheBLEEP‬ HAPPENED TO HIP HOP NATIONAL FORUM & PMA (PEOPLE'S MOVEMENT ASSEMBLY) March 14th & 15th, 2015 (Artist Showcase March 14TH, 2015)

Why haven't artists truly been successful in organizing as a labor force when so many of them are working in our schools, youth centers, prisons and organizations?

And most importantly, what the (bleep) happened to Hip Hop?

Hip Hop Congress and Move to Amend and are partnering to present: “What the Bleep Happened to Hip Hop?”, a public education campaign seeking to raise awareness of the dangerous power corporations currently wield over the hip hop industry specifically, and over our society in general.

We invite you to join us on March 14 and 15, 2015 when this unique collaboration arrives in Houston, TX.. During the day on March 14, 2015, we will have educational panels and participatory conversations, followed by an artist showcase that night. We will close with a People's Movement Assembly on Sunday that connects to the United States Social Forum.

#WhatTheBleep Happened to Hip Hop? is brought to you by Hip Hop Congress, Move to Amend, Multi-Media Center, Global Fam, Houston Peace & Justice Center, Healthy, Habitz, S.H.A.P.E. Community Center, Harris County Green Party, For Our House at Project Row Houses, Civil Rights Law Society, Thurgood Marshall School of Law and The US Social Forum.

EDUCATIONAL FORUM Day 1
Saturday March 14th, 2015 10:00AM-6PM
S.H.A.P.E. Community Center 3903 Almeda Rd Houston, TX  - FREE

PMA (Peoples Movement Assembly) DAY 2
Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am to 2:30pm
Midtown Bar and Grill 415 W. Gray, 77019 Houston, TX - FREE

Houston - WHAT THE BLEEP HAPPENED TO HIP HOP ARTIST SHOWCASE
Saturday, March 14, 2015 7:00pm-11pm Doors open at 7:00PM
FREE EVENT!!! ($5 suggested donation)
S.H.A.P.E. Community Center 3903 Almeda Rd Houston, TX

Featuring Artist:
Don Claude (www.donclaude.com)
Mic Crenshaw
Shamako Noble
Faithful Five
OPEN MIC & CYPHER

To RSVP for the Educational Forum or the PMA please contact:
Shamako Noble shamakonoblemusic@gmail.com
Jessica Munger at jessica@movetoamend.org
Dione Johnson at multimedia206@gmail.com
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OVERVIEW OF #WHATtheBLEEP] as a Movement, Tour & National Forum

“They mine metals for the phones killing trees for the loose leaf/
I write raps on both to tell you what it do, g/”
- Mike Wird, Soul Pros, Regenerative Lifestyles and Hip Hop Congress

WHAT IS #WHATHEBLEEP ABOUT?

Do you know what the 1996 Telecommunications Act and how has it influenced culture in the United States?

Have you ever heard of Lyric Committees, and the story of how record labels try to control artists money?

Why haven't artists truly been successful in organizing as a labor force when so many of them are working in our schools, youth centers, prisons and organizations?

And most importantly, what the (bleep) happened to Hip Hop?

Hip Hop Congress and Move to Amend and are partnering to present: “What the Bleep Happened to Hip Hop?”, a public education campaign seeking to raise awareness of the dangerous power corporations currently wield over the hip hop industry specifically, and over our society in general.

We invite you to join us on February 14 and 15, 2015 when this unique collaboration arrives in Seattle, WA.. During the day on February 14, 2015, we will have educational panels and participatory conversations. We will close with a People's Movement Assembly on Sunday afternoon that connects to the United States Social Forum, followed by a artist showcase that night.

The cultural terrain of society, is a crucial battlefront in the struggle for social justice. Culture retains it's dynamism by reflecting and creating consciousness. Exploitation and oppression have always been synonymous with popular culture from D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation to the struggle of the media justice movement in the late 90's. The United States of America, long heralded as a melting pot has also been acknowledged as virtual factory for the commodification of culture and the production of a facsimile of culture that greatly resembles the McDonalds of thought, art music and humanity.

Hip Hop Congress is an international grassroots organization dedicated to evolving hip hop culture by inspiring social action and creativity within the community Move to Amend is a national campaign to amend the US Constitution to abolish the court-created legal doctrines of corporate constitutional rights and money equals speech. Both organizations are explicitly committed to anti-racist and feminist organizing principles, and challenge us to organize, create and assert our humanity.

The "What the Bleep Happened to Hip Hop?" is a movement for the culture producer of America, to have their voices heard. In order to have a thriving culture, we must be willing to create and represent the truths about ourselves and our communities. This means directly challenging those who have appropriated our culture for means of producing profit. Inclusivity is the heart of this event and we aim to shine a critical lens on race, class and gender in contemporary American culture. This is your opportunity to share, explore and describe "What the Bleep Happened to Hip Hop?" and what we’re collectively going to do about it.

To RSVP for the Educational Forum or the PMA please contact Shamako Noble at shamakonoblemusic@gmail.com
Jessica Munger at jessica@movetoamend.org
Dione Johnson at multimedia206@gmail.com
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DETAILED SCHEDULE -
EDUCATIONAL FORUM & PMA (Peoples Movement Assembly) Day 1
Saturday March 14th, 2015 10:00AM-6PM

LOCATION - S.H.A.P.E. Community Center 3903 Almeda, Houston TX

Start 10:00 AM-6:00 PM

FREE BREAKFAST PROVIDED (Optional)

10:00-10:30 AM-Welcome and Registration

10:30-10:45 AM-Introductions

10:45-11:00--What the Bleep is What the Bleep

11:30-12:00-Culture, the Big Picture

12:15-Break

12:15-1:00 History of Hip Hop

1:00-1:30-Lunch FREE LUNCH PROVIDED (Optional)

1:30-2:30: Corporate Personhood

2:30-3:00 The Afrikan Hip Hop Caravan

3:00-3:30 The 1996 Telecommunications ACT

3:30-4:30 Lyrics Committees/It's Time For Music To Save our Schools

4:30-4:45 Break

4:45-6:00 Discussion and Processing
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OUTLINE OF SATURDAY CONTENT

1) Culture: The Big Picture-

History of Cultural Movement in the United States-particularly in relationship to capitalism, slavery and exploitation, also relationship to indigenous cultural expression.

The historical struggle over culture and media:

Harlem renaissance

Blacklisting

Paul Robeson

The creation of the FCC and the struggle over the ownership and monopoly of radio

Mural Arts Movement

Black Arts Movement

2) Hip Hop

A. History of birth of Hip Hop (what was it, where did it come from, why did it arise, who was doing it originally).

B. How Hip Hop spread organically and authentically

How Hip Hop was commodified and corporatized

Subtopics: The Telecommunications Act of 1996, others?

Lyric Committee’s

Process of Radio and Label Consolidation

C. The National Hip Hop Political Convention

E. What is the “Cultural Economy” and why does it matter?

3) The “Law”

What is corporate personhood?

Walk through the timeline of corporate constitutional rights.

“Legalize Democracy” DVD here

The Move To Amend story (why our proposed amendment is actually about transformational/revolutionary change)
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FULL DETAILED SCHEDULE -
PMA (Peoples Movement Assembly) DAY 2
Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am to 2:30pm

LOCATION:
Midtown Bar and Grill 415 W. Gray, Houston, TX 77019

WTB People’s Movement Assembly: 9:30am to 2:30pm

REFLECTION & DEBRIEF

We will examine two sets of questions, with the goal of creating collective, realistic, and timely solutions, action plans and next steps to address critical challenges in our global communities, in relation to culture and policy.

PMA Questions:

1) What is happening and why?

Economic Crisis (late stage capitalism)

Political Crisis (emerging blatant fascism)

Ecological Crisis (Earth is being destroyed)

The Legal Crisis (Constitution as Supreme Law)

The Cultural Crisis (Who are we as a people?)

2) What is our vision for the world we want?

3) What is our plan to get to that world?

4) How will MTA, HHC and other community organizations collaborate together going forward?

Context Question: If capitalism promotes consumerist culture and fascism promotes corporate culture, what culture does a liberatory framework promote? How is the promotion of culture made real and material?

What the Bleep Questions:

1. What does healthy culture look like, and is there a genuine desire/need for it to exist? What is our vision for a healthy culture?

2. What does community control of culture look like? What does the struggle over culture look like?

3. What are the systemic changes and transformations that have to take place in order for us to make that happen? What are the institutions and structures that must be built in order for us to make that happen?

To RSVP for the Educational Forum or the PMA please contact
Shamako Noble at shamakonoblemusic@gmail.com
Jessica Munger at jessica@movetoamend.org
Dione Johnson at multimedia206@gmail.com

WHEN
March 14, 2015 at 10am - March 15, 2015
WHERE
SHAPE Community Center
3903 Almeda
Houston, TX 77004
United States
Google map and directions
CONTACT
Shamako Noble
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