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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4 Comments for “Afrika Bambaataa Named Visiting Scholar to Cornell U”

  1. DAMu

    boRn 2 diE……

  2. DAMu

    big jamacian vaquero ki*lers

  3. Steppin

    I think Afrika Bambaataa has lost all cerdibility, maybe he is a pioneer but no scholar he is.

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