Foreword by: Walter Kimbrough
Publication Date: September 22, 2023
Series: Multicultural Education Series
2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of hip-hop culture which, as a global industry and phenomenon, has accomplished a lot. But as a culture, what has hip-hop taught us? How has it inspired us? In what ways has it freed us? This book presents The Hip Hop Mindset Framework—a perspective that gives us the permission to show up in life as our full authentic selves and to shine in our own culturally unique ways. Centered primarily in the field of education, this book introduces the hip-hop mindset as a professional practice that holds relevance for students, educators, and ambitious leaders in any profession. It is for those who seek to innovate, trailblaze, and create a rich source of professional magic. The author offers a fresh contribution to the literature by focusing on what hip-hop culture has to offer in terms of success strategies—what it can teach us about leadership, work ethic, commitment, and resilience. Expanding the important conversations about the power of hip-hop in the lives of youth, Jenkins explores hip-hop culture in the lives of adult professionals, including P–20 educators, community leaders, and organizational administrators.
Toby S. Jenkins is a professor of higher education administration and interim associate dean of diversity, equity and inclusion in the Graduate School at the University of South Carolina.
Foreword by Walter Kimbrough
1. Born to Rhyme, Destined to Shine: The Hip-Hop Mindset Framework
Culture as a Politic
The Hip-Hop Mindset
2. Cultural Roots: Inherited Values, Beliefs, and Traditions
Six Africanisms Fundamental to Hip-Hop Culture
3. Drive: Hunger, Competitiveness, and Honor and Kinship
Honor and Kinship
4. Approach: Creativity, Authenticity, and Ingenuity
Ingenuity and Cultural Efficacy
Turning the Tables: Creativity and Originality
Representing: Authenticity and Clarity
5. Posture: Confidence, Commanding Attention, and Claiming Space
On Being a Badass
Shine Bright Like a Diamond
Watch the Throne
6. Can I Kick It? The Hip-hop Mindset in Professional Practice
Timothy David Jones
Bettina L. Love
Tony Keith Jr.
Crystal Leigh Endsley
7. Air-Walking: Concluding Thoughts
Education as a Space to Let Loose
Glossary of Key Terms
About the Author
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