Real Talk for Real Change: Focuses on advancing hip hop as a path toward equity

Hip hop combines poetry, dance, visual art, and sound to create a unique artistic cultural movement that is rooted in African values and traditions. When Public Enemy rapped, “Fight the power, we’ve got to fight the powers that be,” they may not have realized that hip hop would one day be used as a medium for pursuing equity, but they harnessed its powerful social justice foundations. Hip hop has become a form of artistic expression unlike any other.

The November 19 Real Talk for Real Change symposia series event, “Advancing Hip Hop as a Path Toward Equity,” recognizes hip hop for what it is: a cultural arts movement brimming with self-expression and critical commentary toward social justice, identity definition, conscious re-education, and empowerment.

The fourth event in this series will bring together hip hop artists, scholars, and educators to share creative representations, discuss connections between hip hop and youth-led movements for Black lives, and to share proven practices and approaches to hip hop education as pathways toward equity. The panel features the following special guests:

  • Michele Byrd-McPhee (Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence, UW–Madison Division of the Arts)
  • Rob Dz (Madison-Beloit-based Rapper, Educator and Media Projects Bubblerarian, Madison Public Library)
  • Michael Ford (Hip Hop Architect, Founder of Hip Hop Architecture Camp)
  • Duane Holland, Jr. (Professor, UW–Madison Dance Department)
  • Sofia Snow (Director of the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives and First Wave Scholarship Program, UW–Madison)

The Real Talk for Real Change symposia series is open to the public and focuses on the critical issues of racial justice in education by centering the voices of UW–Madison scholars of color and community members.

When: November 19, 3–5 p.m. CST 

Where: Online 

Program Fee: Free 

Past events are posted to our YouTube channel. Those interested must register for this free event here: