Hampton U. conf.: Hip-Hop, the black family and Liberal Arts

By Nya-Gabriella Peets

“And It Don’t Stop: Hip-Hop, The Black Family, and Liberal Arts” was the topic of discussion of the March 15 seminar of the 34th annual Black Family Conference. The conference featured Issac Watson (also known as Native Son), Felicia Coleman, Curtis Stembridge, and Amiri Baraka, who spoke on African- American history and today’s condition of Hip-Hop and Rap.

All of the panelists had many thought provoking statements to add to the discussion, but Felecia Coleman was the lady of the hour.

Coleman is a student at Hampton University, in addition to being one of very few female recording artists on campus.  Being the only female on the panel, she added a perspective to the discussion which would have otherwise been neglected.

Coleman has four mix tapes and is currently working on her fifth. When describing her music, she says it is dynamic and aims not to sell sex. She repeatedly emphasized that sex is not the only thing women have to offer when it comes music.

 “With music,” said Coleman, “you hear with your ears, not seeing with your eyes.”

An audience member also brought up a point about the industry and the urgency for profession asking how can Hip-Hop be changed when people are more worried about wealth, rather than knowledge. Coleman said it is up to the listeners. They are the ones with a voice and should request substantial music, because there is music with substance out there.

Coleman was very passionate about music and the female image that is portrayed in the Hip-Hop industry.

The writer is a student at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

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