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Posted on April 13, 2016

A photo of Havoc and Prodigy from the hip hop group Mobb Deep standing back to back.

The 11th annual Hip-hop Conference will be held April 21-22 at various campus locations.

Topics include the criminal justice system, safety both on and off college campuses, and discussion of the films Chi-Raq and Straight Outta Compton.

Schedule of events

“Hip-hop and the Prison Industrial Complex”
5 p.m. April 21
Morgan Hall Auditorium

Members of the keynote panel are Dr. Zoe Spencer, author and associate professor at Virginia State University, and the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep.

  • Spencer teaches courses in sociology, social work and criminal justice. She is also the author of Murda’, Misogyny, and Mayhem: Hip-Hop and the Culture of Abnormality in the Urban Community.
  • Mobb Deep, with members Havoc and Prodigy, is originally from Queens, N.Y. The group is considered a pioneer of “reality rap,” a style that presents an accurate picture of the inner city.

Dr. Zoe Spencer kneeling and holding a water bottle.“Sexual, Emotional and Physical Abuse on Campuses and Beyond”
Noon April 22
Carter Hall, Room G6

This 90-minute panel discussion will be moderated by Anika Tillery, a 2006 graduate of Cal U who is now a director of social work in Brooklyn, N.Y.

“Film discussion: Chi-Raq and Straight Outta Compton’”
2-4 p.m. April 22
Carter Hall, Room G6

A discussion among students and scholars about Chi-Raq, a satirical film adaptation of a Greek play from director Spike Lee about the violence on the South Side of Chicago, and Straight Outta Compton, which tells the true-life story of the revolutionary hip-hop group N.W.A., which was formed in California in the mid-1980s.

Attend the conference

Events at the Hip-hop Conference are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Vulcan Garage, off Third Street, near the campus entrance.