The Often Untold Story of Hip-Hop

By: Nicole Webb

Yesterday, as a part of this week’s Spring Fling event’s, Student Government Association, in affiliation with the university’s Lecture & Recitals Committee, welcomed public speaker, radio show host, Black History, Media & Educational scholar and Golden Era Hip-Hop inspired activist Solomon Commissiong.

Commissiong, a professor at the University of Maryland in African American studies centered on hip-hop, gave Lincoln students an insight on the history, “often untold,” of the hip-hop culture.

“When I was [growing up,] hip-hop gave me a sense of being…it instilled a sense of consciousness about who I was [as an African American man,] that wasn’t being ran through main stream media” stated Commissiong during his lecture.

Breaking down the basics of the hip-hop culture which was founded in 1970 by DJ Kool Kerc in the south Bronx, NY, Commissiong gave an interactive presentation providing students with the influences that inspired the hip-hop culture, as well as defined what hip-hop was and currently is today.

Students, most intrigued by the lecture, created their own definitions of what hip-hop meant to them.

“To me…Hip-hop is art…it is [what we are] a community,” stated current Student Government Association President DeWayne Walker, Jr.

Head of the Lectures & Recitals committee Kaukab Saddique closed the lecture by emphasizing the importance of students knowing their history and enlightening others about what it is that they have learned.

“Not many [students] are granted this opportunity…it is essential that [these students] take advantage of information like this,” stated Saddique.

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