Emancipatory Education Resources

Must Read Books About Hiphop Culture
  • Our America. Lealan Jones, 1998. Two young people from Chicago’s South Side ghettos are given audio recording equipment to create a narrative about their own struggles.
  • The Hiphop Church. Phil Jackson and Efrem Smith, 2005. Documents the influences the black church has had on Hiphop and makes a case for how Hiphop can be used in modern day worship services.
  • Hiphop Poetry Classics for the Classroom. Alan Sitomer and Michael Cirelli, 2004. Curriculum that connects Hiphop artists and the classics to teach literacy and poetic devices.
  • The Hiphop Generation; Young Blacks And The Crisis In African-American Culture. Bakari Kitwana, 2002.
  • Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture In Contemporary America. Trish Rose, 1994. An ethnographic exploration of rap within it’s social, cultural, and artistic contexts.
  • From the Underground: Hiphop-Culture as an Agent of Social Change. Hashim Shomari, 1995. A short study of the political possibilities of shortcomings of the current Hiphop culture.
  • Hiphop America. Nelson George. 1999. An informative and entertaining look at the culture, politics, and business of Hiphop.
  • Hiphop Files. Martha Cooper, 2004. A photographic journey through the origins of Hiphop style and creativity.
  • Subway Art. Martha Cooper, 1984.
  • Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop. Jeff Change, 2005. Most comprehensive historical breakdown of Hiphop Culture.
  • Fight the Power: Rap Race and Reality. Chuck D, 1997.
  • Holler if You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur. Michael Eric Dyson, 2001.
  • Jesus and the Hip-Hop Prophets: Spiritual Insights from Lauryn Hill and Tupac Shakur. Alex Gee and John E. Teter, 2003.
  • Who Shot Ya?: Three Decades of HipHop Photography. Ernie Paniccioli and Kevin Powell, 2004.
  • Yes Yes Y’All: The Experience Music Project Oral History of Hip-Hop’s First Decade. Experience Music Project, Charlie Ahearn, and Jim Fricke, 2002.
  • The Breaks: Stylin’ and Profilin’. Janette and To Terrell and Bill Adler, 1982-1990.


Must Have Films
  • The Freshest Kids: A History of the B-Boy. Dir. Israel, Image Entertainment, 2002. The story of the origins and evolution of b-boying (breakdancing).
  • Scratch. Dir. Doug Pray. Firewalk Films, 2001. The history, evolutaion, and modern state of Djing.
  • Style Wars. Dir. Tony Silver. Plexifilm, 1983. Documentary originally made for PBS. Graffiti’s early innovators tell their own stories.
  • Wild Style.  Dir. Charlie Ahearn. WEA Films, 1982. The first film to show the integration of all four elements of Hiphop, captures the original pioneers of Hiphop culture in action.
  • The Mc-Why We Do It. Image Entertainment, 2005. MC’s discuss their influences, motivations, and values.
  • Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme. Dir. Kevin Fittzgerald, The Center for Hiphop Education, 2003. Discuses the improvisational lineage of MC’in, and other Hiphop elements.
  • Soundz of Spirit. Dir. Jocelyn Rose Lyons, 2003. A riveting feature-length documentary film exploring the relationship between the creative process and spirituality in Hiphop culture.
  • Bridge da Gap. Dir. Roberto Rivera, 2005. A documentary film discussing the how Hiphop can be used to create Social Change. This film interviews some of the Hiphop pioneers and media leaders in discussing how Hiphop can positively or negatively influence young people.
  • Breath Control A history of the human beat box.
  • Do the Right Thing. Spike Lee’s epic look at cultural relations in New York in the 19080’s.


Internet Hiphop Resources
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Good Life was 1 of 12 organizations selected world wide to participate in this years Unreasonable Institute. The institute brings together some of the most innovative organizations dedicated to solving the worlds greatest problems. We gave a TED style talk focused on education that brought the house down.

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