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Hip Hop Honors (history) part II

Monday, April 8th, 2013
“Hip Hop saved my life.”
Eldred Harris, educator (born in the Bronx)
Get Up State (Mural)

Get Up State (Mural)

A collection of Hip Hop pioneers, scholars, historians and community residents gathered at the History Center of Tompkins County on Saturday night to hear about the roots of a movement.  During the discussion Eldred Harris, Afrika Bambaattaa, Joe Conzo, Grandmaster Cas gave the crowd peals of wisdom and the story behind the music.  Harris even showed what he called the birth certificate for Hip Hop (a party flyer, circa 1974) and described the link between Soul music and Hip Hop (DJ Grandmaster Flowers opened a concert for James Brown in NYC).  The photographs during the lecture (and hanging on the walls as part of ‘Decay to DJ’) highlighted the brilliant creativity and youthful resilience it took to help birth a multi-elemental art form amidst the city’s crumbling infrastructure.  Conzo put things in proper perspective by describing the South Bronx (which he photographed extensively–people and places) as his playground. My goal was to document my surroundings, he said.
Eldred Harris, lectured on Hip Hop's Roots Saturday afternoon at the History Center.

Eldred Harris talks about the roots of Hip Hop.

 

Live Mural...

Live Mural Painting at Cascadilla Street in Ithaca.

Jorge Pabon, aka Pop Master Fabel and a member of the Rock Steady Crew, talks about his experience in the early days of Hip Hop.

Jorge Pabon, aka Pop Master Fabel and a member of the Rock Steady Crew, talks about his experience in the early days of Hip Hop.

Pioneering DJ Grandmaster Cas meets with retired Ithaca ophthalmologist Ed Hart at the History Center.

Pioneering DJ Grandmaster Cas meets with retired Ithaca ophthalmologist Ed Hart (right) at the History Center. Hart was one of the early supporters of Syracuse in focus.

Community Ecology

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Achieving Ourselves from Syracuse in Focus on Vimeo.

SU Press recently published a book by environmental activist Dr. K. Animashaun Ducre titled A Place Called Home.

The book examines cycles of disruption and dislocation in Syracuse.  It began with a study Dr. Ducre conducted using a blended methodology of photo voice (visual story-telling) and mapping (geographic analysis). Dr. Ducre talks in this interview about the characters in the book (women from Syracuse’s South side) and her efforts to bear witness to social injustice.

For more information on the book and the research project, click here.

A green way

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010
Majora Carter, environmental justice advocate and green collar entrepreneur

Majora Carter, environmental advocate and green collar entrepreneur

Environmental justice advocate and green collar entrepreneur Majora Carter visited Syracuse yesterday and spoke for the University lecture series at Hendricks Chapel. She detailed how cities can turn financial disinvestment and environmental degradation into movements for equality and recognition of environmental assets.

Carter had really good things to say about Syracuse, especially the Near West Side Initiative. Her talk wasn’t very long so it’s understandable that she didn’t address Onondaga Creek or the Syracuse University Steam Station.

Wilson Park

Wilson Park

I first heard about Carter after her TED Talk a few years ago.

Her organization (Majoracartergroup.com) now promotes micro agribusiness development through green roofs and urban greenhouses.