Watch this amazingly inspiring video of Bettina Love speaking on the resemblance of character strengths and sensibilities found in Hip Hop and those needed to succeed, from the March 2014 TEDxUGA event in Athens.
“This impassioned talk explains how students who identify with Hip Hop culture have been ignored or deemed deficient in schools because of mainstream misconceptions associated with Hip Hop culture. Through Hip Hop, these students embody the characteristics of grit, social and emotional intelligence, and the act improvisation- all of which are proven to be predictors for academic success.”
She introduces us to what Regina Bradley calls Hip Hop sensibilities, which is a way of knowing, a way of being and a way of thinking and that those Hip Hop sensibilities, are directly linked to predictors of succes. She illustrates some of these strengths with the vibrant example of a cypher.
She discusses misunderstood behavior of children as she encountered as an elementary teacher, the connection between Hip Hop culture and African American customs, the DIY attitude that reigns in Hip Hop, the misrepresentation of mainstream Hip Hop opposed to the root of the culture, the intense brain activity of a freestyle MC, the physics of breaking, sound of DJing and the importance of allowing the students culture a place in the academic environment and stop murdering their spirit.
A must watch for all Hip Hop minded and some food for thought about our education system, brought to you by Dr. Love. You can find more information about her work on the Bettina Love website, follow Regina Bradley on Twitter and keep an eye on the Hip Hop Ed project for more uplifting updates on the recognition and use of Hip Hop practices in the academic field.
Big ups to all the people mentioned above, and you for taking the time to watch and read this piece.
Knowledge is power. Question everything and keep your brain game strong. Peace!