In The Healing Power of Hip Hop, Raphael Travis Jr. offers a passionate look into existing tensions aligned with Hip Hop and demonstrates the beneficial quality it can have empowering its audience. His unique perspective takes Hip Hop out of the negative light and shows readers how Hip Hop has benefited the Black community.
Organized to first examine the social and historical framing of Hip Hop culture and Black experiences in the United States, the remainder of the book is dedicated to elaborating on consistent themes of excellence and well-being in Hip Hop, and examining evidence of new ambassadors of Hip Hop culture across professional disciplines. The author uses research-informed language and structures to help the reader fully understand how Hip Hop creates more pathways to health and learning for youth and communities.
- Connects the latest research conclusions about Hip Hop's influences with actual examples of its practice and applied value in action
- Identifies education, health and mental health, and afterschool settings as key to promoting health and well-being
- Disentangles arguments about whether Hip Hop culture is more of a tool for empowerment or a tool for risk promotion
- Explains Hip Hop's ongoing contributions to health and learning, with attention to the Black community
- Provides a common language and structure for helping professionals, researchers, and policymakers to organize work related to Hip Hop and well-being
- Introduces meaningful models, tips, and resources for personal or professional use
- Offers real-world insights from today's leaders within the Hip Hop Ed movement