On this episode of Hip-Hop Can Save America!, aka, ‘the world’s smartest Hip-Hop podcast,” we check back in with the dancing diplomat herself, the teacher teaching teachers how to teach through a Hip-Hop inspired lens of empowerment, Aysha Upchurch, lecturer on education, artist in residence and director of the HipHopEx Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Peace and love, friends, neighbors, supporters and haters, welcome back to Hip-Hop Can Save America! aka the world’s smartest Hip-Hop podcast, and happy #HipHopHistoryMonth!
We often talk about the intersection of Hip-Hop and education on this show — and for good reason. It’s an area that has produced a ton of receipts showing the effectiveness of merging these two worlds for the good of our young people. This was perfectly exemplified when we covered the Can’t Stop Hip-Hop: The Education Movement conference at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and first heard form today’s guest. And while we sometimes get lost in the pedagogical weeds, I am so excited to kick it with Aysha Upchurch because not only does she expertly navigate those weeds, but her Hip-Hop spirit is always on full display — and it is that dance and movement-inspired lens through which she views her work, approaches the world, inspires and empowers others, and sparks radical change — that sits at the heart of the very concept of this show, and all my work. That Hip-Hop can save America! And most likely, all of humanity. Aysha Upchurch, I promise you, is part of that blueprint..
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Now, let’s get into it. Here’s my talk with Aysha Upchurch.