Museum of Durham History Exhibit 2018


The Listening: Documenting Hip-Hop In Durham

Museum of Durham History: 500 W. Main Street, Downtown Durham

This exhibit will document hip-hop culture in Durham highlighting all five elements of the culture. This includes celebrating local graffiti artist, DJ’s, Producer’s, Rappers, and Durham based Hip-Hop Scholars. 

When consumers typically think of hip-hop and cities who have made historical contributions to the culture, major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Houston are primarily at the forefront of the conversation. Although small in size in comparison to major cities, Durham has crafted and created hip-hop spaces throughout the city, which has allowed the culture to thrive across the five elements. The exhibit will feature, images, videos, recorded interviews and brief bios of key contributors to cohesively tell the story of Durham’s thriving engagement with hip-hop.  For a more detailed overview click here

Curated by: Kyesha Jennings

 Sponsored by Beats by Dr. Dre via in-kind donation

Sponsored by Beats by Dr. Dre via in-kind donation

 Sponsored by UNC-TV

Sponsored by UNC-TV

Writing through Hip-Hop

In collaboration with Durham Mighty Pen, a non-profit organization that focuses on amplifying the voices of youth in Durham, Kyesha has developed a workshop specifically for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders where they are actively engaged with writing through hip-hop. Students produce creative pieces inspired by the five elements of hip-hop (MC/Rapper, B-Boy/B-Girl, DJ, Graffiti and knowledge of self). Together, Kyesha and her students explore and create street art, compose poems, raps and short stories. By writing through hip-hop students are able to learn about the origins of the culture, embody the five elements and examine/reflect on their identity. 


Bringing Slam Poetry into the Composition Classroom!

Beginning in the spring of 2016, students enrolled in my Introduction to Literature course participated in a poetry slam where they were provided the tools to amplify their voices and demonstrate the ability to construct language in a way that offers them agency. The poetry slam will take place each semester and is filled with prizes, guest judges and light refreshments. 

"The function of [hip-hop] is to teach one to think intensively and critically. Intelligence plus character--that is the goal of true education" -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.