Madison365.com reported on the most recent Real Talk for Real Change symposium, “Advancing Hip-Hop as a Path Toward Equity,” which took place virtually on Nov. 19.
Featuring a panel of UW–Madison faculty and staff and local artist hip-hop artists, the symposium focused around the connection between hip-hop and youth-led movements for Black lives, noted the Madison365 report.
The panelists included:
- Michele Byrd-McPhee, interdisciplinary artist-in-residence, UW–Madison Division of the Arts
- Rob Dz, Madison/Beloit-based rapper
- Michael Ford, Hip-Hop architect, founder of Hip-Hop Architecture Camp
- Duane Holland, Jr., professor, UW–Madison Dance Department
- Sofia Snow, director of the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives and First Wave Scholarship Program, UW–Madison
“Since this is a gathering of artist-educators, we thought it appropriate to provide an opportunity to ground what you hear from them and their art practice. Not performances but a presentation of artistic identity,” said Yorel Lashley, the director of arts at PLACE, who facilitated the event.