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10/12/2005 5:33:01 PM

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The Hip-Hop Association [H2A], a non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating, fostering and preserving Hip-Hop culture and its community, announces their annual arts and culture events for 2005: H2O [Hip-Hop Odyssey] International Film Festival and H2Ed [Hip-Hop Education] Summit. Both will take place in November of 2005.
 
 The Hip-Hop Association utilizes Hip-Hop culture as a tool to effectively encourage critical thinking, social change and unity, while empowering communities through educational and cultural initiatives. This is accomplished through two media and education programs: H2O [Hip-Hop Odyssey] and H2Ed [Hip-Hop Education] Summit. “We believe in empowering the community. By creating education & media initiatives, as well as preserving the Hip-Hop culture we know to be based in positive community movements, we work to encourage critical thinking, social awareness, and unity,” says Martha Diaz, Founder and Executive Director. At the start of her career, Diaz worked as Production Assistant under the late Ted Demme, Producer and Director behind Yo! MTV Raps, Hangin’ With MTV and Denis Leary’s MTV commercials.
 
 Running from November 6–12, The H2O International Film Festival is a seven-day event with the Opening Gala at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and 6 days of screenings at the ImaginAsian Theater in NYC. This year’s theme, “PEACE, LOVE, UNITY & HAVING FUN!” highlights the Hip-Hop community of the late 80’s and early 90’s: a time when the community took action against injustice. The festival will show over seventy-five films including Bling: Consequences & Repercussions (Narrated by Chuck D, USA/Sierra Leone), BEEF 3 (USA), Hip-Hop Colony (Ghana), Testimonio II (Columbia), La Fabrik (Cuba), Mixtress X (USA), Favela Rising (Brazil) and the classic House Party (USA). The festival will conclude at the historic Langston Hughes Theatre at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The ceremony will honor Kid-N-Play, The Last Poets, brothers and filmmaking duo Reginald and Warrington Hudlin (House Party film franchise). Additional information will be available at an upcoming press conference, scheduled for November 1st.
 
 This year’s two-day H2Ed Summit, taking place from November 4–5 at The Bronx Museum of The Arts, will host T.O.P.S.Y (Teachers, Organizations, Parents, Social Workers, Youth Educators) and explore the theme “ACTIVATE! Utilizing Hip-Hop as a Tool in the Classroom and the Community.” H2Ed includes multimedia panels, workshops, performances, and a town hall meeting. It is the first ever New York City based organization to formally bring together more than 1,000 national and local educators, scholars, and organizations for a conference dedicated to connecting Hip-Hop culture and educational curriculums. Speakers include Bakari Kitwana, Raqiyah Mays, and Dr. Roxanne Shante.
 
 Highlights from past years have included Kanye West coming straight off of a plane to perform “Jesus Walks” for a rapt audience way back in 2003. He shared that he’d been mulling over a song that he was trying to write lyrics for - - this fall’s smash hit “Gold Digger.” Appearances at previous years’ film festivals have included Melvin Van Peebles, Jessy Terrero (director of music videos for Sean Paul and Angie Martinez) and Loira Limbal (director of Estillo Hip-Hop, a documentary about Caribbean and South American hip-hop culture).
 
 About the Hip-Hop Association
 
 Founded in March 2002, the Hip-Hop Association was formed to facilitate, foster and preserve Hip-Hop culture. Its mission is to use the culture as a tool to encourage critical thinking, social change and unity, while empowering communities through media, education and community building initiatives.
 
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