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Hip-Hop. Islam. Gender. Activism. Race: An evening with Su’ad Abdul Khabeer PhD, and HPrizm

  • Drexel University English Language Center Philadelphia, PA USA (map)

In the wake of a tumultuous election cycle, we have witnessed a resurgence of activism across the country. This movement mobilized organizations, artists, activists, community members, allies, and individuals (some who have been inspired to be politically involved for the first time). As America’s first Black president has left office, many look to Hip Hop as a bridge to our globalized world and a soundtrack to the streets.
This event, featuring Dr. Su'ad Abdul Khabeer, Kyle (HPrizm) Austin, and moderated by Alden Young (African Studies director), will focus on Dr. Su'ad Abdul Khabeer's new book Muslim Cool: Race, Religion, and Hip Hop in the United States. Dr. Su'ad Abdul Khabeer will define "Muslim Cool"  and how Muslims, specifically living in the United States, have combined Islam, Blackness, and Hip Hop to create a new and independent identity.  The role of Hip Hop will be discussed from its origins until today in defining "Muslim Cool" as a platform for social activism. Additionally, the panelists will tackle the enduring questions surrounding the future of Hip-Hop, and the ways that black, Muslim and women activists have used hip-hop as a soundtrack for liberation.

Co-sponsored by: the Africana Studies Program, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages
The inaugural year of the Drexel Global Passport Series (GPS) centers on "Global Civic Engagement.” Drexel GPS seeks to facilitate global conversations at Drexel and in Philadelphia to ensure rich student engagement and build strong partnerships with local communities and organizations. If you would like to be placed on the GPS list-serve, please contact Jacqueline Rios at