What a real immigrant and refugee brotherhood looks like

Many times people are stripped down to nothing. Their homes, their jobs, their family, even their entire towns get wiped out from under them. This is what happens to people when they have to endure the painful side-effects of war, ethnic conflict or environmental destruction in the world. They have to deal with the nothingness…

Denver artists turn up the volume on Middle Eastern hip-hop, uprisings (radio show segment)

A few local, Denver artists decided to come together recently to talk about the importance and beauty of contemporary Middle Eastern hip-hop. In this portion of KGNU’s Sunday show “Eclipse” (airs on Sundays at 7-9pm, see below) Dave Ashton (KGNU Denver’s program manager and hip-hop artist) and I discuss some popular MidEast hip hop stars…

How has the globalization of hip-hop affected East African Youth?

The spread of hip-hop onto the global sphere can present somewhat of a paradox. On the one hand, hip-hop is a symbolic fight by the weak against oppressive forces; forces who have dominated social, economic, and political wealth throughout time.  On the other hand, hip-hop has become such a global phenomenon that the “invisible hand”…