96 backers pledged $5,360 to help bring Uptown Vinyl Supreme’s Hip-Hop Summer School Program to the Kingsbridge Community Center this summer.
Hip-hop Summer School is a 5-6 week youth-based curriculum focusing on the 4 elements of Hip Hop (MC, DJ, Breakdance, Graffiti). Each element will be taught by expert artists in the field. Classes will focus on the history and modern-day application of the craft via hands-on learning, workshops, field trips, and special guests. At the end of the program each class will be responsible for contributing to a “4 Elements Jam” where students will apply what they’ve learned to create an authentic and unifying performance party. Graffiti students will create the backdrop/set, MC students will host, DJ students will provide music, and breakdance students will dance and perform. Each week the classes will have a specific focus.
Week 1: Orientation (Introduction to Hip-Hop & Instructors)
Week 2: Birth of the break
(Exploring the record and the role it played in Hip- Hop and dance culture)
Week 3: Check the Rhyme
( Birth of the Emcee, Using words as a tool to move the people)
Week 4: BREAKDANCE!
( The origin of the term B-Boy + B-Girl and the influence it had on the youth)
Week 5: Graffiti Artist ( The power of art to uplift the people)
Week 6: PARK JAM
Meet the Instructors :
Samson Da Poet ( Emcee Instructor) : Sammy “Samson” Maldonado is a Latino spoken word poet, songwriter, emcee from The Boogie Down Bronx. Samson is also one of the co founders and curator of a platform for media & performing arts entitled “Good Vibes Creative Minds”
IG: @Samsonpoet FB: Samson (Poet/Songwriter) http://www.Goodvibescreativeminds.com
Cinema ( Breakdance Instructor) : Cinema embodies all aspects of the word Breaker. He is based out of the Bronx and continues to use dance as his weapon throughout the Tri-State Area.
Alexis Gonzalez (Graffiti Instructor): Alexis Gonzalez is a well connected graffiti artist from the South Bronx. She has been active in the graffiti community of New York City for six years and counting. She has worked with children and their families from her community to educate them on street art, graffiti and how to collectively create murals together.
LiKWUiD ( DJ Instructor): Hip Hop Fusion music artist, DJ, songwriter and educator, LiKWUiD (Stylez), born Faybeo’n LaShanna A Mickens has curated music for Photoville and the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival’s Family Day. As an avid lover of house music, LiKWUiD’s style of djing is based around blending beats together as one tapestry of sound. She is a resident dj at Silvana and Angel of Harlem. As a songwriter, her film credits include placements with HBO Latina Films, IFC Films, Oxygen Network, MTV and several indie projects. LiKWUiD is fully committed to combining hip hop and education. The College of Charleston (BA) and St. John’s University (MBA) graduate has performed, presented workshops, lectures and participated on panels at academic spaces such as Columbia University, BAM, the Eleanor Roosevelt School for Girls, the Hip Hop Culture Center, Flocabulary, Comic Con and more. She currently teaches workshops at Red Hook Initiative, Scribble Art/Bread & Yoga and through her community jam session The Sifer.