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The Healing Power of Hip Hop with Dr. Raphael Travis Jr.
Episode 6714th November 2023 • Hip-Hop Can Save America • The Center for Hip-Hop Advocacy / Manny Faces Media
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On this episode of the world's most enlightening Hip Hop podcast, Dr. Raphael Travis Jr. joins us to talk about the healing power of Hip Hop, including his seminal book. "The Healing Power of Hip Hop," which explores the therapeutic and empowering aspects of hip hop culture.

Dr. Travis takes us on a journey through the unique importance of Hip Hop to help society, particularly communities of color, highlighting the empowering narratives that consistently appear in Hip Hop culture: esteem, resilience, growth, community, and social change. These narratives provide a vital purpose for individuals to explore self-identity, cope with adversity, and make crucial decisions.

We further explore the use of Hip Hop concepts in therapy and mental health work, particularly in school settings. Dr. Travis emphasizes the transformative potential of using Hip Hop culture as a platform for self-expression and giving young people a voice. He also delves into the role of technology in music creation and its empowering effect on individuals.

Join us as Dr. Travis challenges traditional curriculum-focused approaches and encourages educators and practitioners to embrace the richness and flexibility of Hip Hop culture, as we hear how this genre can be harnessed as a powerful tool for inclusion, healing, and personal growth in schools and beyond.


Hip-Hop Can Save America! with Manny Faces is a Manny Faces Media production, in association with The Center for Hip-Hop Advocacy.

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Hip-Hop Can Save America! is produced, written, edited, smacked, flipped, rubbed down, and distributed by Manny Faces.

Eternal thanks to Consulting Producer, Sommer McCoy.