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Show & Prove 2018

Hip Hop Studies Conference

Culver Center of the Arts

Conference Series - Day 1

Friday, December 7, 2018, 5:00pm - 8:30pm

Conference Series - Day 2

Saturday, December 8, 2018, 8am - 9pm

Conference Series - Day 3

Sunday, December 9, 2018, 9am - 4pm

Department of Dance, the UC Consortium for Black Studies in California, and UCR ARTS present

Show & Prove 2018 Hip Hop Studies Conference
The Tensions, Contradictions, and Possibilities of Hip Hop Studies

Performances • Exhibits • Panels • Papers • Film Screenings • Workshops • Christena L. Schlundt Lecture

This 4th biennial conference series is interdisciplinary in practice and international in scope. We welcome scholars, community members, artists, practitioners, and students to interact, discuss, share, critique and develop the field of Hip Hop Studies.

Dr. Imani Kai Johnson, Conference Founder & Chair, Artistic Director
Assistant Professor of Critical Dance Studies, Department of Dance, UC Riverside

DEC 7  Friday  5:00 – 8:30 pm
DEC 8  Saturday  8:00 am – 9:00 pm
DEC 9  Sunday  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Free and open to the public. Register Here

Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts
3824 Main Street, Riverside (951) 827-4787

Show & Prove (S&P) is a biennial Hip Hop Studies conference series that is interdisciplinary in practice and international in scope. It began in New York in 2010, and (after a brief hiatus) resumed in Riverside, California, in 2016. 

The conference engages various formats, including traditional paper panels, roundtable discussions, workshops, master classes, and of course performance.  It has also always been and remains free and open to the public.  This year’s keywords are hustling and response/ability.

As one of the few ongoing Hip Hop Studies conferences in existence, S&P is premised on cultivating the necessary and critical dialogues for the development of Hip Hop Studies as a field.  Since universities began to adopt classes about Hip Hop and an increasing amount of scholarship gets published, this series was created for those with a vested interest in the culture—including artists and practitioners, students, teachers, scholars, community activists, and fans—to interrogate, complicate, and critically negotiate what it means to bring Hip Hop into the academy.  As well, in a political moment when people are mobilizing around the world to combat various institutionalized and culturally embedded forms of racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, and the like, S&P is an inclusive forum that enacts the possibility of exchange and dialogue across various forms of difference in an effort to build something substantive.  And while it matters that we gather, it also matters how we gather—with a generous intent to listen, critique, share, and develop our work both individually and collectively.  In doing so, we create an international community of scholars, artists, students, and activists representing the interests of Hip Hop worldwide.


Ten-One:  Inland Empire Artists, mini-visual arts exhibit to be up through the conference.  Curated by Fritz Aragon (Urge Palette).  Featuring:  Duan Kellum, Japan, Johnny Bryan, Jimer, Gustavo Camacho, Okira, Metsys, Amok, Goon Wolf, & Papa G
@Exhibition Wall


Evening, Doors Open 5pm; Talk Begins 6pm; Reception to follow

SCHLUNDT LECTURE:  “The State of Hip Hop Dance Scholarship”
@Screening Room
• Mary Fogarty Woehrel (York University), Christena L. Schlundt Lecturer
• Imani Kai Johnson (Show & Prove Hip Hop Studies Conference Series; UC Riverside),
   Opening Comments & Introductions

• ENVY Dance Company
• AudioPharmacy—Indigenous Hip Hop to inspire social change

Morning I, 9-10:20

PANEL 1:  Blindspots in Hip Hop Studies
@Black Box Theater
Respondent:  Marcus White (Arizona State University)
• Randall White (UC Davis), “Hip Hop Hypnosis: History Notoriously Commercialized”
• Maïko Le Lay (UC Riverside), “Cypher to Classroom: Choreographing Hip Hop Ed for Alternative Pedagogy”
• Kevin Green (UC San Diego), “Who Doing’ The Drums?:  The Instrumentalist in Hip Hop Music Making”

WORKSHOP 1:  Here We Go Again!:  African Dance Presence in Hip Hop (workshop)
@Brithinee Studio
• Latanya D. Tigner (Dimensions Dance Theater; UC Berkeley; Contra Costa College)

Morning II, 10:30-12:10

PANEL 2:  Show & Prove: Undergrad Panel & Feedback Session
@Black Box Theater
Respondent:  Maria Firmino-Castillo (UC Riverside)
• Amy Abshier (Colgate University), “Taking BACK Room on the Floor:  Turfing, Racial Discrimination, & Resiliency”
• Akili Ploudre (UC Riverside), “Inland Empire:  a Hip Hop Dance Goldmine”
• Lerecia Evans (UC Davis), “The Blood Memories of a People”
• Josiah Quiros (UC Davis), “Culture Commodity:  On the Commercialization of Hip-Hop & Blackness”

PANEL 3:  Subversive Moves:  Hip Hop as Counter-Hegemony
@Brithinee Studio
Respondent:  Anthony Jerry (UC Riverside)
• Nasir Marumo (Brown University), “The Rap Battle as Hustle: Questions of Social Uses”
• Lindsay Rapport (UC Riverside), “Response/abilty:  Fugitivity and a Freestyle Dancer’s Nuanced Musicality”
• Saman Sebastian Hamdi (Potsdam University), “Call and Responsibility!:  How Senegalese Hip Hop Culture   
developed a subversive Habitus geared towards Community Organizing & Protest Movements”
• Todd Craig (CUNY Medgar Evers College), “Incarcerated Scarfaces’:  Liberating Composing Constraints via Hip-Hop as Praxis”

PANEL 4:  Doing Hip Hop Studies:  Alternative Methods & Approaches
@Hammond Studio
Respondent:  Jacqueline Shea Murphy (UC Riverside)
• Craig Arthur (Virginia Tech University), “Hip Hop Librarian Consortium”
• Sherril Dodds (Temple University), “Battle of Looks”
• Waqas Mirza (University of Oxford), “‘A poet to some, a regular modern-day Shakespeare’:  Eminem’s commercial and artistic success”
• Jim Vernon (York University), “Never Let An MC Steal Your Rhyme’: Sampling, Biting and Appropriation”

FILM:  Bakosó: What Happens When AfroBeats Hits Cuba—Preview Screening of film (51min), followed by Q&A
@Screening Room
Translator:  Oscar Ulloa (UC Riverside)
• Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi (FistUpTV)
• Isnay “DJ Jigüe” Rodriguez (Guampara Music Collective)

Lunch, 12:10-1:10 See list of nearby dining options.

Afternoon I, 1:10-2:10
WORKSHOP 2:  The MPC at 30: The Magic and Myth of Hip Hop’s Beat Machine (workshop)
@Black Box Theater
• Patrick Rivers (University of New Haven)
• Will Fulton (LaGuardia Community College)

PANEL 5:  Spiritual Expression & Hip Hop Culture
@Brithinee Studio
Respondent:  Wind Dell Woods (UC San Diego)
• Erika D. Gault (University of Arizona), “’My Life as A Stud’:  Jackie Hill Perry and P4CM’s Embodiment of Black Sexuality”
• Jerome Kern Dotson (University of Arizona), “’Strictly Fish on My Dish’: Black Islam, Food Politics and 80s and 90s Hip Hop”

WORKSHOP 3:  Sober Flow: Hip Hop Therapy as Recovery & Healing Tools During the Mass Incarceration Crisis in Prison Re-entry Programs (workshop, demo/performance, discussion)
@Hammond Studio
• Jiandan “JD One” Payza, (Sober Flow Recovery Project, Counseling & Interventions; Amity Foundation, Los Angeles & San Diego County)

FILM SHORTS & DISCUSSION:  Afro-Cuban Culture & Hip Hop
@Screening Room
Translator:  Oscar Ulloa (UC Riverside)
Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi (FistUpTV)
Isnay “DJ Jigüe” Rodriguez (Guampara Music Collective)

Afternoon II, 2:20-4
PANEL 6:  Words, Beats, & Life (roundtable & cipher workshop)
@Black Box Theater
• Mazi Mutafa (Words Beats & Life Inc.)
• Piper Carter (Piper Carter Studio; We Found Hip Hop Organization—Representin’ Women in Hip Hop)
• Gabriel Asheru Benn (Guerilla Arts Ink, LLC)

PANEL 7:  Hip Hop & the Hustle of History
@Brithinee Studio
Respondent:  Vanessa Verdoodt (Geffen Academy at UCLA)
• Serouj “Midus” Aprahamian (York University), “‘There Were B-Girls Too’: Uncovering the Role of Women in Breaking”
• Vanessa Fleet (York University), “High Times and Hypervisibility in Early Hip-Hop Dance”
• Gemma Connell (University of Surrey), “Y’all Don’t Hear Me Though:  Hip Hop Dance’s International Flashback as a Reclamation of Marginalised Histories in Gender Violence”

PANEL 8:  Performing Identity:  Race, Gender, and Hip Hop Culture
@Hammond Studio
Respondent:  Anusha Kedhar (UC Riverside)
• Peng Liu (UT Austin), “Sounding Authentic to Whom?:  Identity, Struggle, and Resistance in Asian American’s Rap Music”
• Kevin Prescott Morris II (Independent Scholar), “Soundscaping Trauma: Coping with Black (Male) Vulnerability in the Age of Mass Incarceration”
• Joyhanna Yoo Garza (UC Santa Barbara), “I’m the baddest female”: Linguistic and Cultural Appropriation of the Bad Bitch Figure by a Korean Female Rapper”
• Waqas Mirza (University of Oxford), “‘Only The Poets Know The Truth About Us’ From Baldwin to Lamar: Peace, Love and Self Knowledge as Resistance”

PANEL 9:  Worth the Weight: the Sustainability of Breaking Culture in Phoenix, Arizona (roundtable & film)
@Screening Room
Edson “Bboy House” Magana (Estrella Mountain Community College; Furious Styles Crew)
Johnny Castro (Worth The Weight 602 Dance Series; Maricopa County Community Colleges)

Afternoon III, 4:10- 5:50

PANEL 10:  Change From Within:  Hip-Hop Studies at Columbia College Chicago (inc. performance piece, “Who R U?”) (roundtable & performance)
@Brithinee Studio
• Kelsa “K-Soul” Robinson (Columbia College Chicago; Venus Fly Crew)
• Stephanie “Malibu” Banes (Columbia College Chicago), “Who R U?”
• Daniel “BRAVEMONK” Haywood (Columbia College Chicago; BraveSoul; Awesome Style Konnection [A.S.K.] and F.E.W. Collective)

PANEL 11:  Black Asian Solidarity in Hip Hop (roundtable)
@Hammond Studio
• DJ Kuttin’ Kandi (5th Platoon; Anomalies; Guerrilla Words)
• Anthony Blacksher (Claremont Graduate University; bkSOUL)
• Grace Shinhae Jun-Mills (UC San Diego; San Diego City College; bkSOUL)
• Tyson Rose (University of Hartford - Hillyer College; 3rd Eye Unlimited)

PANEL 12:  Showcasing Hip Hop:  Festivals, Podcasts, & Theatre
@Screening Room
Respondent:  Rickerby Hinds (UC Riverside)
• Marcus White (Arizona State University), “Come As You Are:  Urban Cultural Production, Reproduction, and Sanitation within US University Setting”
• Mike “Munchie” Santini (The Prospector Theater), “Rap & Ability: Showcasing Sparkle and Developing Work Skills Through Bars and Beats”
• Manny Faces (Center for Hip-Hop Advocacy; News Beat Podcast),  “Hip-Hop As Social Justice Journalism”
• Seth Markle (Trinity College), “The Fest’: Exploring Hip Hop Models of Cultural Responsibility on College Campuses”

Evening, 6-8pm:
PERFORMANCES:  Please join us for an evening of pop up performances, exhibits, and talks.  Or just enjoy socializing with other conference attendees at our evening reception.

• UNCAGED:  HERO FOR HIGHER, an exhibit featuring works inspired by Luke Cage, with introduction and comments by Black Kirby Collaborating artists and curators John Jennings (UC Riverside) and Stacey Robinson (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) @F-Stop [6:10pm]

• Antics Dance Company, featuring poetry and solo performances from the Sneaker Suites @Brithinee Studio [6:40pm; 7:10pm; 7:40pm]

 “Amplified Fidelity,” excerpts from the Rickerby Hinds (UC Riverside) immersive sound and lights production, featuring John Merchant (actor; beatboxer) @Black Box Theatre  [6:20pm; 7:15pm]
• WeWolf Dance Duo, abstract experimentation with breaking aesthetics, featuring Rauf Yasit and James Gregg @Sweeney Gallery [6:20pm; 6:50pm; 7:20pm]
• “Shooting the Enemy,” photographic presentation of rap icons Public Enemy (including Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Bomb Squad leader hank Shocklee, Keith Shocklee, and others) in the early 1980s, with talk by Harry Allen (Journalist; Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellow at Harvard University), @Hammond Studio [6:45pm; 7:25pm]


Morning I. 9-10:40

PANEL 13:  Black Women & Black Feminist Thought
@Black Box Theater
Respondent:  Alisa Bierria (UC Riverside)
• Aria S. Halliday (University of New Hampshire), “Hip Hop Feminism’s Black Girls: Twerking as Black Girl Epistemology”
• Daniela F. Gomes da Silva (UT Austin), “Then, hip-hop became a ‘he’:  Black Feminist Resistance Against Erasure of Women in Brazilian Hip-Hop”
• Izzy Williams (Chapman University), “Creating a Space of Agency Through Rap in Insecure”
• Natasha R. Howard (Community College of Baltimore County), “What Happened to U.N.I.T.Y? - Consciousness in the Music of Black Female Rappers”

PANEL 14:  Economic Hustling & the Pitfalls of Capitalism
@Brithinee Studio
Respondent:  Kashif Powell (East Los Angeles College)
• Andrew Duncan (University of Nottingham), “’A Man Who Doesn’t Take Care of His Family Can’t Be Rich’: JAY-Z & The Performative Politics of 4:44’s Ujamaa”
• Wei Lin (National Taiwan University; Keelung Hip-Hop Association), “‘Hip-Hop’ Imperialism in Taiwan:  New International Division of Cultural Labor and Local Response”
• Keturah Nix (Purdue University), “Cut Me Loose, Cause I Need Freedom Too!:  Historicizing the Black Economic Hustle in Beyoncé’s #BlackLivesMatter Iconography”
• Jason “J-Sun” Noer (University of Minnesota; Battlecats; West Coast Rockers; The Bronx Boys Rocking Crew), “Skills Versus Bills: Commodifying Resistance”

PERFORMANCE:  Indigenous Women in Hip Hop:  Rhyming Reclamation of Matriarchal Power in the For Women By Women Project
@Hammond Studio
Respondent:  Liz Przybylski (UC Riverside)
• Eekwol, For Women By Women Project
• T-Rhyme, For Women By Women Project

Morning II. 10:50-12:10
WORKSHOP 4:  Tapping the Pulse of a Generation:  the Therapeutic, Educational & Cross-Cultural Application of Hip Hop Beat Making
@Brithinee Studio
• Elliot Gann (Today’s Future Sound)
• Mario “Asterix Music” Miranda (Producer and DJ)

WORKSHOP 5:  From the Streets to Academia (roundtable & workshop)
@Hammond Studio
• Tasha Iglesias (CSU Long Beach; Generation Hip Hop Global)
• Clemente “Kid Freeze” Moreno
• Travis Harris (College of William and Mary; Journal of Hip Hop Studies)

PANEL 15:  Critically Engaging Millennial Rap
@Screening Room
Respondent:   Waqas Mirza (University of Oxford)
• Ayo Walker (UC Davis), “Interrogating Black Minstrelsy In 21st Century Hip Hop”
• Charity Clay (Merritt College), “I ain’t no Rapper, I’m a Hustler:  Situating Millennial Hip Hop as a Product of the late 1990s” (remote presentation)
• Walter Hidalgo (73 to Infinity NYC), “Millennial Rap:  The Rise and Response of Hip-hop Culture in the Age of Spiritual Enlightenment” (remote presentation)
• Frank C. King, Jr. (University of Wisconsin Platteville), “The Mumbling Teacher”

Lunch 12:10-1:10 See list of nearby dining options.

Afternoon I. 1:10-2:10
PERFORMANCE:  The Line Up (performance & artist talkback session)
@Black Box Theatre
• Marcus White (Arizona State University; Marcus White/White Werx [MWWW])

WORKSHOP 6:  Using Hip Hop Therapy Techniques with Youth Through a Social Justice Counseling Framework (workshop)
@Brithinee Studio
• Carmen Towler (Marymount California University)

ARTIST TALKBACK:  learn insights about process and performance in the Saturday evening featured Show & Prove performances.
@Hammond Studio
Respondent:  Jose Reynoso (UC Riverside)
• Rauf Yasit (WeWolf)
• James Gregg (WeWolf)
• Harry Allen (Journalist; Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellow at Harvard University)

Afternoon II. 2:20-3:30
CLOSING PLENARY:  What Happens Next:  The Possibilities of a Hip Hop Studies Association, conference closing open discussion about the future of Hip Hop Studies, and events like Show & Prove
@Screening Room
• Tasha Iglesias (CSU Long Beach; Generation Hip Hop Global)
• Travis Harris (College of William and Mary; Journal of Hip Hop Studies)


Shuttle Service and Parking:
Stop at the Information Kiosk on UCR main campus for free parking and shuttle in Lot 1 on December 7th.
Leaving from the main campus: 4:00 pm to 6:30pm
Returning: 7:30 to 9:00pm
Public parking is available in downtown Riverside.
Expect delays because of the Festival of Lights in downtown Riverside.

INFORMATION: (951) 827-3245  performingarts@ucr.edu  www.dance.ucr.edu www.ucrarts.ucr.edu 

UC Consortium for Black Studies in California
Barbara & Art Culver Center of the Arts at UCR ARTS
UCR Center for Ideas & Society, Department of Music, Native American Student Programs, Highlander Empowerment Student Services Referendum, Women’s Resource Center, Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies, Department of Media & Cultural Studies, Global Studies Program, Department of Ethnic Studies, Department of Theatre, Film, & Digital Production

S&P logo artwork by Fritz Aragon. Graphic design by Johnny Lam and Christina Kang.

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