WAMU 88.5 : Community

Filed Under:

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

Play associated audio

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
202.667.1192
info@wblinc.org

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

NPR

No Longer Omar: Actor Michael K. Williams On Lucky Breaks And Letting Go

Over the course of his career, Williams says he's learned to separate himself from his characters (like The Wire's Omar). In HBO's The Night Of, he plays a powerful prison inmate named Freddy.
NPR

#FoodPorn, Circa 1600s: Then And Now, It Was More About Status Than Appetite

A new study of old masters finds that capturing and showing off decadent and expensive meals is a decidedly old-fashioned practice. Like today's Instagrammers, it was all about projecting an image.
WAMU 88.5

The Legality Of Restoring Virginia Voting Rights

Virginia's governor is bypassing the commonwealth's Supreme Court ruling and restoring felon voting rights individually. Kojo examines Terry McAuliffe's move with a legal expert.

NPR

The Big Internet Brands Of The '90s — Where Are They Now?

Verizon's purchase of Yahoo will close the book on one of the oldest Internet companies. What happened to the other famous '90s brands, like GeoCities, Netscape and CompuServe? A nerdy remembrance.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.