York College Male Initiative Program to Host Hip Hop Town Hall Meeting to Examine Genre’s Divisiveness

The Male Initiative Program and Men’s Center at York College, The City University of New York (www.york.cuny.edu) will present a Town Hall Meeting hosted by KISS FM’s award-winning journalist Peter Noel, Saturday, June 28, 2008, 3:00 p.m., in the Atrium, Academic Core Building, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, NY. The event is free and open to the public. The focus of the panel discussion is “Hip Hop — A House Divided: Exploring Hip Hop’s Generational, Lyrical and Socio-Political Divides.” Invited panelists include Mele Mel, Grandmaster Caz, James Mtume, Dr. Ron Daniels, Keith Murray, Erica Ford and L.A. Sunshine.

The town hall meeting will examine polar opposites within the hip-hop movement and culture: the generational divide between the originators and current artists; the lyrical divide between the socially conscious and the “keepin it real” factions; and the socio-political divide between young adults of the 1960s and young adults of the new millennium.

There will be three panels. Panel One: the Generational Divide: “Turn that music down or turn that music up” – Old School vs. New School. Panel Two: The Lyrical Divide: “The Message” in the music — Past! Present! And Future. Panel Three: The Socio-Political Divide: A comparison of the socio-political consciousness of the baby boomers and the hip-hop generation.

“The Male Initiative Program and Men’s Center continues to explore a broad spectrum of socially relevant issues that affect the constituencies that we serve,” said Jonathan Quash, the center’s director. “This divide is real and we think that it’s important to provide the forum at York College to explore what it means now more than ever.”