Fri, Oct 11, 2013 -- 10:00 AM
Hip Hop as TherapyDownload audio (MP3)
A decade ago, when social worker Tomás Alvarez III was working as a school counselor at Berkeley High, he assumed that as a man of color he would have more success than the other counselors -- mostly white and female -- in reaching African-American male students struggling with truancy and other problems. But, he found, they weren't any more interested in talking to him than the others. A search to find ways to get young black males to discuss the trauma in their lives led him to found the Oakland-based nonprofit Beats, Rhymes and Life, which uses rap and hip-hop as a form of therapy. We'll talk to the programs' co-founders and two participants about the positive effects of telling their stories through their lyrics and music.
Host: Judy Campbell
- Damonte Wilson, intern for Beats, Rhymes and Life and former student in the class at Oakland High School in 2009
- Haniyah Muhammad, intern for Beats, Rhymes and Life and former student in the class at Oakland High School in 2009
- Rob Jackson, co-founder and chief of staff of Beats, Rhymes and Life
- Tomás Alvarez, founder and CEO of Beats, Rhymes and Life