Afrika Bambaataa Named Visiting Scholar to Cornell U
By Lora Neng
WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER
July 13, 2012
Hip-Hop is making rapid inroads into institutions, the latest of which is Cornell University’s announcement that Afrika Bambaataa has been appointed a “visiting scholar” to their Ithaca, NY campus for the next three years.
The school touts that “this is the first faculty appointment for a hip hop pioneer and legend at a major university,” enriching their Hip-Hop initiative, which already comprises a dedicated collection boasting over 15,000 Hip-Hop-related items.
Afrika Bambaataa started his art in the neighboring burrough of the South Bronx and became known as the “Grandfather” of Hip-Hop culture as an originator of break-beat deejaying. His early involvement with gangs was transformed into a keen interest in his community after a trip to Africa, and his growing knowledge of the Zulu struggle for fairness inspired the moniker by which he is known today. He maintains that Hip-Hop is a way to save lives in a volatile environment.
Photo credit: Joe Conzo
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