52 episodes

"Hip-Hop Can Save America!" explores the innovative, inspiring, and often surprising ways Hip-Hop music, culture, and sensibilities are improving society in areas such as education, science/technology, health/wellness and more. Hosted by award-winning hip-hop journalist Manny Faces.

Hip-Hop Can Save America The Center for Hip-Hop Advocacy / Manny Faces Media

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

"Hip-Hop Can Save America!" explores the innovative, inspiring, and often surprising ways Hip-Hop music, culture, and sensibilities are improving society in areas such as education, science/technology, health/wellness and more. Hosted by award-winning hip-hop journalist Manny Faces.

    Hip-Hop, Community, and the Fight to End Illiteracy with Jonathan Beatty (ILOVEBOOKS.org)

    Hip-Hop, Community, and the Fight to End Illiteracy with Jonathan Beatty (ILOVEBOOKS.org)

    On this episode of Hip-Hop Can Save America!, aka, ‘the world’s smartest Hip-Hop podcast,” improving youth literacy, one book at a time -- with a little Hip-Hop added to the mix. We hear from Jonathan Beatty aka the “Chief Bookman,” founder of I LOVE BOOKS, an apparel startup on a mission to end illiteracy.
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    • 36 min
    Hip-Hop Education, Movement & Empowerment with Aysha Upchurch

    Hip-Hop Education, Movement & Empowerment with Aysha Upchurch

    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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    • 52 min
    Dance and International Diplomacy with Junious Brickhouse

    Dance and International Diplomacy with Junious Brickhouse

    On this episode, Manny Faces speaks with Junious Brickhouse, internationally established educator, choreographer, cultural preservationist, Founder/Executive Director, https://urbanartistry.org/ (Urban Artistry Inc). and director of acclaimed international diplomacy and cultural exchange program, https://www.nextlevel-usa.org/ (Next Level).
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    • 45 min
    Hip-Hop Meets the Orchestra with Thee Phantom

    Hip-Hop Meets the Orchestra with Thee Phantom

    Peace and love, happy Halloween weekend, perhaps a perfect time to talk to not just A Phantom, but https://www.theephantomhiphop.com/ (Thee Phantom), the maestro behind the magnificent Illharmonic Orchestra melding the worlds of Hip-Hop and classical music. It’s a fascinating discussion and we're excited to bring it to you.
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    Hip-Hip Can Save America! is a https://www.mannyfacesmedia.com (Manny Faces Media) production, in association with https://www.hiphopadvocacy.org (The Center for Hip-Hop Advocacy)

    • 37 min
    The Healing Power of Hip-Hop with Dr. Raphael Travis Jr.

    The Healing Power of Hip-Hop with Dr. Raphael Travis Jr.

    Two of the more recurring topics we’ve covered on this show have been the authentic, compassionate and effective use of Hip-Hop music and culture in educational settings and in therapeutic sessions, both inside and out of school proper. The intersection of these intersections highlights a huge, overarching concept that I and many of the folks I talk to swear by.
    It’s the healing power of Hip-Hop.
    It’s such a good phrase. Such a concise, complete explanation of why I care so much about spreading the good word about Hip-Hop’s potential to uplift humanity and improve society. The healing power of Hip-Hop.
    Of course, only one of us actually https://bookshop.org/shop/hiphopadvocacy (wrote the book) on the subject. Among a few other things you’ll hear about, Dr. Raphael Travis is a Professor and MSW Program Director at Texas State University in the School of Social Work and author of the book “The Healing Power of Hip Hop.” Dr. Travis and I spoke a little ways back about his work, his research and just how Hip-Hop is able to, well, heal.
    Here’s my talk with Dr. Raphael Travis.
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Hip Hop Therapy with J.C. Hall

    Hip Hop Therapy with J.C. Hall

    Prior to the pandemic, and at the insistence of one of our prior guests Dr. Elliot Gann, I visited Mott Haven Community High School in the Bronx, to see J.C. Hall’s Hip Hop Therapy Studio program in action. This full fledged recording studio was filled with students, hanging out after school to craft, rehearse and record music and spoken word. They were engaged, excited, and bursting with creative brilliance. On the surface, you might think this was simply a music class, an extracurricular club.
    In some ways, it was. But it’s so much more than that. See, this is what Hip-Hop therapy can look like. The concept and the program was showcased in the award-winning documentary short Mott Haven, exploring how this work was able to so effectively address grief and trauma in the wake of a school tragedy, and after having seen just a taste during my own visit, I wasn’t surprised in the least.
    So, after much too much time, I finally reached out to kick it with J.C. Hall about the program. Hall, a 2020 Jefferson Award winner for outstanding public service related to this work, broke down how the worlds of Hip-Hip and therapy can -- and should - combine.
    If you ask me, healing never sounded so good.
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    • 59 min

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