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Author:  grace [ Sun Sep 17, 2000 3:38 pm ]
Post subject:  Hip-Hop!

beginning with information about a meeting of shakespeare and hip-hop:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Far from being "pure movement," "Rome and Jewels" has been<BR> termed a hip-hop opera. The performers speak, or rather, rap,<BR> texts in ebonics. The texts, however, are Shakespeare's, truly<BR> brought into a modern vernacular. Weaving through the music are<BR> snippets of Bernstein's score. The result is a collage, juxtaposing<BR> street culture and "high" culture, past and present, in ways that are<BR> sometimes striking, sometimes poignant, sometimes dissonant. <BR> "Rome and Jewels" is as bleak as any of its models. Jewels, the<BR> beloved, doesn't even have a physical presence. Like an ethereal<BR> symbol of hope, or dream or imagining, she's represented solely by<BR> a beam of light, floating through a terrain of gang warfare, beatings<BR> and death. <BR> "Rome and Jewels" premiered in Philadelphia in June<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>this long article also has some interesting descriptive information down the bottom about this genre.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR> For those who aren't up on the distinctions between the various<BR> forms of hip-hop dance, the lecture-demonstrations of Harris and<BR> company come as a welcome education. "B-boys" (and "b-girls")<BR> "are more traditional breaking; there's a lot more slow movement,"<BR> Harris explains. "Hip-hop is more about machismo aggression. It's<BR> strong dancing, but not as acrobatic as b-boying." It also tends to<BR> be more verbal, more political. <BR> Harris' own specialty is popping, in which the dancer interrupts<BR> the flow of movement and "creates illusions with the<BR> body"--"internal pantomime" as he calls it--in a blend of sinuous<BR> fluidity and stop-action, strobe-like freeze-frame movement. Then<BR> there's house, which some people claim is merely a hybrid form of<BR> popping. <BR> "I think that house began as a freestyle dance and appropriated<BR> moves from hip-hop, b-boying and a Brazilian martial art,"<BR> capoeira, Harris says. "House, by way of New York, has come to<BR> evolve into its own unique style. I think it is the prettiest hip-hop<BR> dance style," although "some may argue that b-boy, when truly<BR> mastered, is prettier." <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR> <P><B>The original link is now broken</B><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited April 10, 2002).]

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sun Sep 24, 2000 4:43 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Hip-Hop!

Suzanne Carbonneau previews the hip-hop 'Rome and Jewels'<BR> <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank></A> <P>If you have not done so already, you will need to register (free) with the NY Times site first. The NY Times seems to have lengthened the availability period for their articles. Please let us know if you find that this link is dead.

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sun Sep 24, 2000 4:45 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Hip-Hop!

Rennie Harris, who brought us the hip-hop/tap duel, 'Cool Beat, Urban Heat' has a new show:<P><BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>A man creeps through a field of recumbent bodies. Did I say man? More an ape with the instincts and long velvet muscles of a tiger. He stops to sniff at the fallen and unloose a guttural howl to the stars. This is "Rome," the Romeo of Rennie Harris's hip-hop take on Shakespeare, Rome & Jewels.<P>Harris says, "Hip-hop is really more about attitude—just be a rowdy and the movement comes." The Capulets are B-boys—arrogant about their tribes' skills at breaking. When Ron Wood (Tibault), Brandon Albright, Jules Ulrich (the lone female—a tomboy), James "Cricket" Colter, Raphael "Xeno-Zen" Williams, and Forrest "Getemgump" Webb enter, they're twisting and spinning and flipping and diving. When Colter skids across the floor on his head, you understand what that puff of hair is for. The rumble's duels are virtuosic competition matches fueled by hate.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE> <P><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><B>Now read on</B></A><P><BR>This discussion continues at:<BR> <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank></A> <p>[This message has been edited by Azlan (edited October 22, 2000).]

Author:  Azlan [ Sat Dec 09, 2000 12:36 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Hip-Hop!

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank>Hip-hop artist realizes dream of Carnegie Hall engagement</A></B><BR>WYCLEF JEAN PLANS BENEFIT CONCERT<P>BY NEKESA MUMBI MOODY, Associated Press<P>Hip-hop is coming to Carnegie Hall.<P>Wyclef Jean, a member of the Grammy-winning rap group the Fugees and a solo artist, announced plans this week to headline a charity concert at the venerable concert hall Jan. 19. The appearance will make him the first hip-hop headliner in Carnegie Hall's history.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><B><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank>More</A></B>

Author:  Basheva [ Fri Jan 05, 2001 7:05 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Hip-Hop!

Los Angeles Times:<P><BR><u>DANCING ACROSS THE OCEAN</u><P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR> Japanese-born dancer Tony Tee, who runs a studio in Granada Hills, is doing his part to take hip-hop street dancing to Japan. He gets a little closer to his goal today when he brings Japanese dance finalists to Cal State Northridge to compete with Americans and Europeans in the World Dance Competition in L.A.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE> <BR> <P><A HREF=",1419,L-LATimes-Search-X!ArticleDetail-16037,00.html?search_area=Articles&channel=Search" TARGET=_blank><B>MORE</B></A><BR>

Author:  Azlan [ Thu Jan 18, 2001 9:09 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Hip-Hop!

Here's a chance for SF Bay Area fans to catch some more hip hop, this time featuring artists from England, the East coast of the United States and California.<P>According to the press release from ODC Theater in SF:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>From London Jonzi D. with his hit solo performance "Aeroplane Man." Special guest Mohammed Bilal of Midnight Voices fame will provide live musical accompaniment.<P>Jessica Care Moore from Atlanta Georgia is a poet and publisher. As the owner of Black Moore Press, Jessica is Saul Williams' publisher. She will be accompanied by Poet and musician Sharrif Simmons.<P>And representing California will be Aya de Leon of Oakland.<P>Host for the evening will be local hip hop star, international networker and impresario, Will Power.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><B><a href=../../../ubb/Forum13/HTML/000112.html>More</a></B>

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Fri Apr 20, 2001 4:44 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Hip-Hop!

<B>University of Wisconsin hip-hop group forms to recognize needs of students of color</B><P><BR>By Derrick Holt The Daily Cardinal U. Wisconsin<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>"HIP HOP GENERATION (HHG) is an organization that formed in the fall of 1999 to address the need of students of color on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Recognizing that hip-hop had defined both the political views and cultural perspectives of the majority of today's youth, it became apparent that hip-hop culture could serve as a unifying basis for social change"<P>A coalition of students began discussing campus issues in the fall of 1999. The issues included the failure of the university to effectively promote and facilitate diversity on the UW-Madison campus. These discussions led to action.... <P>The Hip Hop as a Movement Conference was meant to provide an opportunity for hip-hop artists, activists young and old, and other community members to come together and not only celebrate the art and culture, but also to network and develop ideals and plans of action to politicize and mobilize the young hip-hop nation.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Sounds good - I hope I would have been welcome at the Conference as an observer if not a practitioner. <P>Deborah Bull reckons hip-hop is on a par with ballet for physical difficulty.<P><B>The original newspaper link is broken</B> <p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited April 10, 2002).]

Author:  Azlan [ Fri May 11, 2001 10:36 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Hip-Hop!

Hip-Hop in school:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>To the beat y'all <BR>Hip hop course connects SF State students to what was cool before rap culture was hot</B><P>Gregory Lewis, SF Chronicle<P>San Francisco -- "Hip hop hooray! Ho!" Professor Rickey Vincent is in the house, er, classroom in Burk Hall at San Francisco State.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><B>More</B></A>

Author:  Azlan [ Thu May 17, 2001 4:41 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Hip-Hop!

A couple of previews on "Hip-Hop Nation":<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>'Hip-Hop Nation' show has a rap on black culture <BR>Exhibition finds positive images</B><P>James Sullivan, SF Chronicle<P>When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame brought its hip-hop exhibition "Roots, Rhymes and Rage" to the Brooklyn Museum of Art last year, University of California at Berkeley grad Brett Cook-Dizney mounted a critique of sorts in the surrounding neighborhood. He portrayed professionals, entrepreneurs and working-class residents -- everyday people who represent hip-hop to him as much as the thugs and gold-toothed mansion dwellers of contemporary street myth.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><B>More</B></A><P><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited April 10, 2002).]

Author:  Azlan [ Tue May 22, 2001 7:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Hip-Hop!

More on "Hip-Hop Nation":<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>Defending the hip-hop nation</B><P>Amanda Morrison, SF Examiner<P>The very same corporations that use breakdancers to model blue jeans and rappers to write jingles still find hip-hop a controversial subject. Or so the curators Yerba Buena Center for the Arts were shocked to learn when most of the potential sponsors for their huge new multidisciplinary festival, "Hip-Hop Nation," failed to step up.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><B>More</B></A>

Author:  Azlan [ Tue May 29, 2001 10:14 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Hip-Hop!

Ouch:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>Yerba Buena packs art, artifacts into 'Hip-Hop Nation'</B><P>Kenneth Baker, SF Chronicle<P>Art museums have become a little too confident of their ability to package moments of a society's cultural life. The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' "Hip-Hop Nation" reminds us that it cannot be done.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><B>More</B></A>

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Tue Jul 03, 2001 1:03 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Hip-Hop!

<B>Showcase of hip-hop virtuosity</B> <P>By Miriam Seidel FOR THE PHILEDELPHIA INQUIRER <P><BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>The fireworks popping in the sky Saturday were matched by the incendiary flying bodies on the stage of Annenberg's Prince Theater, in a display of hip-hop dance virtuosity. Illadelph Legends, organized by Rennie Harris Puremovement, offered a showcase for legendary groups such as the Electric Boogaloos, as well as dance groups now making their mark nationwide.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR><B>The original newspaper link is broken</B><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited April 10, 2002).]

Author:  Azlan [ Wed Jul 04, 2001 7:56 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Hip-Hop!

Image <BR><fontsize=1>Jonzi D</fontsize><P>Robert Hurwitt focuses on the power:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>Hip-hop power surge in 'Take' <BR>Four artists give electrifying show at Yerba Buena</B><P>Robert Hurwitt, SF Chronicle<P>... If this is a movement, it's already national -- even international -- in scope. The four performers showcased here were among the 15 featured at New York's second annual Hip-Hop Theater Festival earlier this month ... Each performed only a 20-to-30-minute selection, but the energy emanating from the stage and radiating back from the audience was enough to overcome the state's power crisis.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><B>More</B></A>

Author:  Basheva [ Fri Jul 06, 2001 10:41 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Hip-Hop!

From the Philadelphia Inquirer:<P><B>Showcase of hip-hop virtuosity</B> <P><BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>By Miriam Seidel <BR>FOR THE INQUIRER <BR>The fireworks popping in the sky Saturday were matched by the incendiary flying bodies on the stage of Annenberg's Prince Theater, in a display of hip-hop dance virtuosity. Illadelph Legends, organized by Rennie Harris Puremovement, offered a showcase for legendary groups such as the Electric Boogaloos, as well as dance groups now making their mark nationwide.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR><B>This newspaper link is broken</B><BR><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited April 10, 2002).]

Author:  Azlan [ Thu Jul 12, 2001 5:34 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Hip-Hop!

Hip-hop influence on Asian youths in the Bay Area:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>DJ fu</B><P>Eric K. Arnold, SF Examiner<P> Asian hip-hop in the Bay Area: an emerging cultural phenomenon, or just part of the area's diverse flavor? Looking at the various geographical, environmental and socioeconomic factors behind the so-called "Asian explosion," a case could be made for both viewpoints.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><B>More</B></A>

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