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Kids Helping Kids - A Hip Hop Experience

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Published on Aug 13, 2012

KIDS HELPING KIDS- "We don't just teach humanity through hip hop, we create humanitarians"

KHK is an after school program we designed to educate children on humanity and provide them the unique opportunity to give to other children around the world with a focus on Africa and Haiti. We do this through the beautiful creative art of hip hop.

We first educate the kids on Kool Herc, the founder of hip hop and his original mission. He started hip hop to reach the youth in his neighborhood the south bronx. Hip hop was to served as a positive and creative outlet to promote peace and unity. It was an alternative to the gang and street life that was destroying his peers. Gangs quickly joined the movement and began to battle through break dancing and rhyming. Hip hop was saving lives from it's conception.

We teach them that hip hop is a culture with 5 different elements; Djing, rhyming, break dancing, graffiti and knowledge of self. What is on the radio is simply the rhyming element of hip hop. However the majority of it contradicts its original purpose by promoting negativity, hate and violence. Therefore this music is simply rap. Rap was around way before hip hop. It was popular in music many years before and in other forms such as nursery rhymes. Even the way we are taught to learn our ABC's is in a rhyme form. Rhyming is not hip hop.

HIP HOP IS A COMMUNITY BASED CULTURE TO SERVE AS AN OUTLET FOR POSITIVE ARTISTIC EXPRESSION
-Chad Harper

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