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Community Minute: Using hip-hop as a tool for social change

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Words Beats & Life (WBL) is a nonprofit organization which teaches and presents hip-hop as a tool of social change. Words Beats & Life Academy, the organization's pre-vocational arts program, serves up to 300 youth ages 14-23 in the District. Classes are offered free of charge and include DJing, breakdancing, emceeing, beat production, spoken word, chess, and graffiti. The classes promote technical and employment skills and encourage the pursuit of a post-secondary education. WBL's programs also include The Cipher, which is dedicated to supporting the development of a stronger nonprofit sector in Washington, D.C., and beyond. Through the Cipher, WBL hosts Teach-Ins, capacity-building workshops, and publishes a biannual scholarly journal dedicated to hip-hop culture. The Cipher is a growing resource for WBL’s network of hip-hop based organizations, artists and scholars.

For more information, contact:
Word Beats & Life
1525 Newton St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

Support for the WAMU 88.5 Community Minute is provided by the Meyer Foundation.


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