The Center for Hip-Hop Advocacy - Hip-hop non-profit think tank

INCREASING AWARENESS OF HIP-HOP’S ARTISTIC AND CULTURAL IMPORTANCE, THROUGH JOURNALISM, ORIGINAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC OUTREACH

The mission of The Center for Hip-Hop Advocacy is to broaden public perception of hip-hop music and culture, ensuring that varied and continuing contributions to multiple fields and disciplines are fairly and accurately documented and communicated.

The Center focuses on highlighting hip-hop’s contributions in areas including, but not limited to, music and the arts, education, activism, politics, community, health, sciences, well-being and philosophy.

In simplest terms, we exist to help tell hip-hop’s complete story — past, present and future — from an independent perspective, to educate and inspire while protecting and promoting the cultural, artistic and community-based aspects of hip-hop as a whole.

Our Journalism

Lonzo Ball, Nas and hip-hop music

Defending Nas: Why Responses to Lonzo Ball’s “Outdated” Comments Miss The Point

Responses to Lonzo Ball's comments about his taste in music, and Nas in particular, miss the chance to explain what "relevancy" in hip-hop really means
Hip Hop Hacks - Drum machine build

‘Hip-Hop Hacks’ Event Series Highlights Technological Innovation Fueled by Youth Culture and Lifestyle

It was MacGuyver meets DJ Premier. In one area of Spotify's sprawling New York offices, a small group of young men and women watched as...

With Response to “Anti-Cop” Rapper, NYPD Brass (Again) Evinces Cultural Bias, Ignorance

A NY Post story exhibited an egregious, disrespectful bias against hip-hop artist and FDNY Captain Kasseem “Ka” Ryan. The NYPD response was inappropriate.
NYPD Commissioner William Bratton - Irving Plaza shooting - hip hop / rap

Dear Commissioner William Bratton: Irving Plaza Shooting Is a People Problem, Not a Rap Problem

Blaming rap music or the hip-hop community for the violence at Irving Plaza demonstrates a gross cultural misunderstanding -- and possible attempt at scapegoating -- that has no place in a police commissioner's office
Afrika Bambaataa allegations, hip-hop and the media

Statement on Afrika Bambaataa Allegations, Hip-Hop and the Media

We feel it is important to provide some guidance as to how this, and other serious matters that involve hip-hop culture, should be covered in the media.
NY Post, Chance The Rapper, Phil Mushnick

NY Post, Phil Mushnick: Bigotry Has No Place In Sports Commentary

Uninformed, inflammatory language like Mushnick's attack on Chance The Rapper has no place in journalism.

Hip-Hop Hacks: Young Hackers x Mixtape Museum x Spotify to Host Tech/Music Hackathon Event

The 2-day event will take place at Spotify’s NYC office where high school students will study hip-hop elements and participate in code and music workshops
Q-Tip, Kennedy Center, Hip-Hop Culture

Statement on Q-Tip Being Named Kennedy Center Artistic Director of Hip Hop Culture

STATEMENT ON THE NAMING OF Q-TIP AS ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF HIP-HOP CULTURE FOR THE JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
NYC Hip Hop Street Naming

Statement on NYC Mayor de Blasio’s “Hip-Hop” Street Namings

STATEMENT ON NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL STREET NAMINGS HONORING DJ KOOL HERC & HIP-HOP MUSIC AND CULTURE AND ROBERT “PH” DIAZ The Center for...
Hip-Hop Therapy, Hip-Hop Education

Hip-Hop Therapy and Counseling Programs Producing Positive Results

New and ongoing efforts to marry hip-hop with education and mental health therapy showing signs of delivering great benefit to young people
Harvard Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow Dr. Regina Bradley

Dr. Regina Bradley Named 2016 Harvard Hip-Hop Fellow

Dr. Bradley is the Spring 2016 Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow for the Hiphop Archive and Research Institute at the Hutchins Center.
Frank Sinatra is not the Godfather of hip-hop

Dear NPR: Frank Sinatra is NOT the Godfather of Hip-Hop

Overlooking who many already grant this title to, and others much more worthy of such recognition was a hurtful use of NPR's great reach and influence