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Hip Hop Congress

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Hip Hop began thirty years ago as the artistic expression of “black” communities in New York’s inner city. Hip Hop draws on elements from all of its musical ancestors such as the African drum, slave spirituals, blues, jazz, rock and roll. Hip Hop gives a voice to those who have been unheard. It is based upon four elements: dance (break dancing), art (graffiti art), poetry (rapping) and music (DJ). The growth in popularity of Hip Hop is due to the devotion of youth and cultures worldwide, from Japan to France to Brazil to Australia. It has developed into a worldwide forum through which family, community, social and political grievances are aired.

Perhaps because of its inner city base, Hip Hop is often identified erroneously as a forum for gangsters, drugs, misogyny, and other negative images. The Hip Hop Congress strives to combat that stereotype by creating exposure to the positive attributes of Hip Hop.

The Hip Hop Congress uses the culture of Hip Hop to inspire young people to get involved through social action, civic service, and cultural creativity. Hip Hop Congress is the product of a merger of artists and students, music and community. It is significant because it provides one of few paths for highly creative and often disenfranchised youth where they can channel their energy into a strong and organized force aimed at improving their community.

PAWS Preview Diversity Presentation

Bobcat Preview Diversity Presentation 

SDI and HHC present the Diversity Presentation, a humorous and thought-provoking presentation that focuses on diversity, as a component of the Bobcat Preview.  18 presentations are offered to over 5,000 incoming students as part of their Bobcat Preview experience.  The Diversity Presentation incorporates original skits, Youtube video clips and live performances to provide "edutainment."  Participants learn what diversity is, how history has made diversity complex and challenging, and how diversity is valued at Texas State.
 
Fall/Spring Semesters as part of Bobcat Preview Schedules
 
Congress Kidz

Congress Kidz 

This presentation-based program "edutains" [educates and entertains] and inspires elementary students from disadvantaged backgrounds to develop self-advocacy skills, learn how to embrace diversity, and see college as a fun, important and realistic goal.  HHC provides two presentations:

 

Hip Hop TRiO X-Change

Annual Hip Hop TRiO X-Change 

This program establishes a common ground where students can learn the importance of education through the culture of hip hop.  HHX will be provided for the 12th consecutive year and continues to group with the collaborative support of the SDI Office, the TRiO Programs (Educational Talent Search, Rural Talent Search, and Upward Bound), and recently Interruptions.
 
March 21, 2014 from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
 
 
 A Texas STATEment: Mixtape

A Texas STATEment: Volume I, II & III 

Each volume is a hip hop mixtape album and compilation of songs created by Hip Hop Congress members and alums for Texas State students and others about their Bobcat pride and exprience.  Originally concieved as a idea when the organization was formed in fall of 2004 by HHC Founders, the idea did not fully come to fruition until spring 2007.  The mixtape album is supported by the Office of Vice President for Student Affairs, the SDI Office, the Office of Vice President of Enrollment, Management and Marketing including University Marketing and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.  
 
Many of the songs could be songs can be heard playing from cars and dorm rooms across campus, adding to the pride and tradition Texas State Bobcats have for their university. Click links below for a sample of previos volumes:
 
Volume I   |  Volume II  | Contact the SDI Office for copies of Volume III
 
The Epidemic

The Epidemic: Freestyle Battle and Hip Hop Showcase 

An annual program that showcases the four elements of hip hop (rap/emcee, DJ, break dance and graffiti art) for the purposes of promoting diversity, unity and entertainment.  The main events features eight (8) MC (freestyle rap artist) who go head-to-head for a grand prize of $500.00.  The event also includes several live performances showcasing a variety of break/hip hop dance, spoken work, graffiti art and music styles. 
 
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
LBJ Student Center Amphitheatre
 Executive Board  
 President & Chapter Head Jade Lewis
 Vice President of Events & Marketing Christian Alvarado
 Vice President of Development & Treasury  
 Vice President of Community Relations  
 Executive Assistant & Assistant to the President Ariel Owens
 Ambassador Jordan McFeders

 

 Advisory Board                                         
 Primary Advisor  Jesse Silva
 Founder & Chapter Advisor  Dr. Sherri Benn
 Founder & Staff Advisor  Ray Cordero
 Alumni Advisor  Ariana Vargas
 Founder & Alumni Advisor  Ernst Bernard