Celebration of Hip-Hop Culture and Consciousness

An Invitation from a Tribe Called Tomorrow: University of Maine at Augusta presents BreakBeat Poet series

Sat, 10/24/2020 - 8:30am

This November, University of Maine at Augusta will host five BreakBeat Poets for four engaging events to promote the diverse voices and experiences as well as anti-racist tactics that the worlds of Hip Hop have to offer.

Amidst the chaos of the election, the programs seek to inspire hope, connection, love, and the power of Hip-Hop arts and culture, according to UMA, in a news release. The event title is derived from Idris Goodwin’s poem, An Invitation from a Tribe Called Tomorrow to Those Broken by Today (2019 Remix), and reminds us: “our word for tomorrow is dream.”

Hip-Hop is a culture, a movement, and a diverse art form that has given voice and space to marginalized individuals and communities for almost half a century. The release said that according to Hip-Hop feminist Gwendolyn Pough, the roots of Hip Hop began with “Young Black and Latin[x] people in the South Bronx” who “created something that is now a worldwide phenomenon out of nothing. They worked with the scraps they were given and developed a rich and vibrant culture and youth movement.” As BreakBeat Poet Kevin Coval notes, “Hip-hop has connected more people on the planet than any other culture in the history of ever.”

Specific program details are provided below and all programs will be held virtually.

Event Schedule

Monday, November 2, 2020

Decolonizing the Creative Writing Classroom, 4:15 to 5:15 EST

This interactive workshop with Felicia Rose Chavez will be aimed toward educators who would like to learn anti-racism approaches in their classrooms. Chavez will read excerpts from her new book and then dialogue with participants about anti-racist writing workshop pedagogy. 

Zoom link to the event: https://maine.zoom.us/j/99348883707


Tuesday, November 3, 2020

BreakBeat Poets Creative Writing Workshop, 4:15 to 5:30 pm EST

Aimed toward college and high school writers (and wannabes), this workshop with Kevin Coval and Idris Goodwin will provide an opportunity to create new forms of creative writing in the spirit of Hip-Hop poetry.

Zoom link to the event: https://maine.zoom.us/j/97293687341


Wednesday, November 4, 2020

BreakBeat Poets Live Performance, 4:00 to 4:45 pm EST

A live performance featuring Chicago's DJ Ca$h Era, along with Kevin Coval, Idris Goodwin, and Chicago Youth Poet Laureate Penelope Alegria.



Diversity and Inclusion in (and Beyond) Hip Hop: A Conversation with the BreakBeat Poets, 5:15-6:15 pm EST

Hip-Hop has its roots in Black and Latinx arts and cultures, but its practitioners and fans are diverse. Join the BreakBeat Poets for a discussion about diversity and inclusion in Hip Hop with Kevin Coval, Idris Goodwin, and Felicia Rose Chavez.




If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in these events, please contact Sarah Hentges by October 28 at sarah.hentges@maine.edu to make necessary arrangements.