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Hip Hop pedagogy has been implemented in national and international school curricula for years. There is no denying its educational significance, which permeates the entire global culture of Hip Hop.
We were quite inspired by Brian Mooney, an English teacher who used To Pimp a Butterfly album lyrics with his freshman English students at High Tech High School in North Bergen, N.J. Mooney’s unique lesson plan prompted Kendrick Lamar to visit the school shortly after his brilliant performance at Hot 97’s Summer Jam—a Hip Hop concert OogeeWoogee covered.
Kendrick Lamar’s visit sparked the idea for us to create an annual “Be Alright” College Scholarship, named after Kendrick Lamar’s song, “Alright.” To our understanding, it’s the first known scholarship named after a Hip Hop song. Harvard University created a fellowship in Nas’s name, so it’s only fitting that we extend that positive love to Mr. Lamar.
The song has become a universal rallying cry for social justice in the U.S. It also embodies the recent undercurrent of sociopolitical messages coming out of mainstream Hip Hop.
To be clear, the “Be Alright” Scholarship was not created by Kendrick Lamar and his management team. Once again, it was inspired by his song “Alright.”
OogeeWoogee is giving High Tech High School students an opportunity to win a $1500 college scholarship that will go toward books or tuition. The winner will also have the opportunity to travel to Philadelphia, have their work screened at our brand new in-house multimedia studio and have it published on our website and spread throughout our social media platforms.
High Tech High School will be the first school to participate in this scholarship. We will extend it to Philadelphia, and then hopefully make it a nationwide opportunity in the near future.
High Tech High School students are required to create a 2-3 minute video explaining the positive aspects of Hip Hop and showcasing their own individual talents. The videos will then be posted on our Facebook page to have their peers like, share and comment. The video that receives the most likes and shares, and based on our 3 person-judging panel, wins the scholarship.
Students must be enrolled in high school, or have graduated in 2015, and plan to attend college, university or trade school.
Contest starts Friday, August 21st at 8am and ends Tuesday, August 25th at 9:30am.
Go to our Facebook Video page or click on the more tab on the main Facebook page, select videos, and vote for your favorite video by liking and sharing it.
Illustration by Michael White