With over 30 years combined experience as teaching artists, we have travelled extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Latin America facilitating workshops for youth and adults, using Hip-Hop culture as a means for community building. Through it all, we have stayed connected to our communities in Chicago and The South Bronx, contributing to local organizing efforts.
Whether facilitating workshops with young people of color in the BX, with students in the Bay, with immigrant youth in Berlin, with Guatemalan civil war survivors, or any of the dozens of other places we have had the privilege of visiting, Rebel Diaz aims to utilize Hip-Hop culture as a means for liberation and self-empowerment in marginalized communities throughout the world.
Our interactive multimedia presentations focus on the intersections of Hip-Hop culture, Identity, Capitalism, and Self-Determination. Workshops offered include:
• Hip-Hop and Activism
• Hip-Hop and Immigration
• Hip-Hop vs Neoliberalism
• Cultural Resistance and Self-Determination
Hip-Hop and Activism
This 60-90 minute multimedia workshop focuses on the historical and current intersections between community activism and Hip-Hop culture. By looking at historical examples of organic community organizing through Hip-Hop, as well as music, videos, and pictures, we explore the notion of community self-determination inherent in Hip-Hop, and how this essence can be reclaimed in the context of today’s corporate rap music industry. Talking Points include:
Hip-Hop and Immigration
This 60-90 minute multimedia workshop focuses on the historical and current intersections between the struggle for immigrant rights and the socio-political concerns of the Hip-Hop generation. By exploring the historic role of immigrant communities in the creation of Hip-Hop culture, as well as the parallels between the continued criminalization of immigrants and young people of color, this workshop posits that it is the Hip Hop’s generation's responsibility to defend immigrant rights. Talking Points include:
Hip-Hop vs Neoliberalism
This 60-90 minute multimedia workshop focuses on the parallel histories of Hip-Hop culture, Neoliberalism, and the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. Through personal stories and surveying of historical data that places Hip-Hop history in conversation with economic trends, we examine Neoliberalism's effect on Hip-Hop culture and the communities that gave it birth. Talking points include:
Cultural Resistance and Self Determination
This 60-90 minute multimedia workshop focuses on the intersections of theory and practice involved in organizing grassroots cultural resistance- through the lens of our experience as co-founders of the RDACBX, a Hip-Hop community center in the South Bronx, NY. By sharing our experience of building a DIY community space, we aim to give workshop participants helpful insight into the challenges and possibilities of building autonomous spaces for cultural resistance. Talking Points include: