Hooray for Hip Hop

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As part of Hip Hop Culture, a new senior English elective at the high school, students have been learning about four distinct elements — emceeing, deejaying, graffiti and breakdancing — and understanding the common misconception that hip hop refers only to rap music.

Melissa Mehling, the teacher of the class, has led students on a journey from the start of hip hop in the Bronx in the 1970s to its development as a global movement, and on trips to Harlem and the Bronx to experience hip hop elements firsthand. The course has been a fun and educational supplement to students’ understanding of the world and culture that they live in.