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Breaking Beats and Myths: Exploring Hip-Hop Pedagogy to Confront Misinformation

Thursday, November 2, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT


Presented by Chris Payne, Senior Audio Production Manager, Nearpod and Flocabulary; Ime Ekpo, Cultural Journalist; and Brittney Smith, Senior Manager of Education Partnerships, The News Literacy Project

Sponsored by News Literacy Project

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Hip-hop has grown into a global phenomenon with a diverse community of artists, scholars, and enthusiasts. Though it has evolved across decades, it has maintained roots in self-expression, creativity, and social justice. Moreover, hip-hop is integral to youth culture—so it can serve as a powerful teaching tool for students. Join us to explore how the five pillars of hip-hop (MCing, DJing, Breakdance, Graffiti, and Knowledge) can be leveraged as a pedagogical strategy to inspire students to think deeply about misinformation and how it impacts their lives.

Reserve your spot today for this edWebinar featuring education and journalism experts, including Chris Payne from Flocabulary and journalist Ime Ekpo, who discusses the impact of misinformation on hip-hop journalism and share tips for teaching students to avoid the pitfalls of misinformation.

In addition, you also hear about free News Literacy Project resources, including customizable interdisciplinary classroom lessons, that are available to support you and your students as you explore this rich subject.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to middle and high school teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders.

Chris Payne

About the Presenters

Chris Payne is a passionate audio engineer, producer, and highly organized project manager. He currently serves as the head of audio at edtech companies Flocabulary and Nearpod and creates and composes his own personal music in his spare time. He is a proactive team player who thrives working across multiple projects under tight timelines. Chris is a fervid creative who is inspired by how the arts and storytelling can improve communities.

Ime Ekpo

Ime Ekpo is a journalist specializing in hip-hop culture, African diaspora history, and Black enterprise. In 2014, Ime started a niche-based Tumblr blog, Old School Hip-Hop Lust, which became one of the platform’s highest-ranked classic hip-hop blogs. Ime has written for Street Khemistry, The Source, BellaNaija, and NBCU Academy. She is also the founder of the online publication Rich Black Earth, where she highlights victories throughout the African diaspora.

Brittney Smith

Brittney Smith is a Senior Manager of Education Partnerships (East) at The News Literacy Project. Brittney joined NLP in July 2022 after eight years of teaching life science in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was a high school teacher to diverse populations of students, including English Language Learners. In her tenure as science department chair, she focused on building partnerships with community stakeholders to enrich and improve students’ educational experiences. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biological science from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in teaching science to adolescents and young adults from Mount St. Joseph University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in educational practice and innovation with a STEM focus at the University of South Carolina.

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News Literacy Project

The News Literacy Project, a nonpartisan, national education nonprofit, provides programs and resources for educators and the public to teach, learn and share the abilities needed to be smart, active consumers of news and information and equal and engaged participants in a democracy.

News Literacy Project


Thursday, November 2, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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