by Mahlikah Awe:ri

It’s 9 am on a Saturday morning and I am standing in front of 150 Indigenous young leaders from across the province who have gathered for the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centre’s Youth Forum. Red SlamMA1 Collective affiliate, Joseph J-Rebel Hersco (Supernaturalz Crew), and myself have been commandeered to motivate our 7Gen leaders with an hour presentation entitled, “HipHop a True Story.” We begin the session with an ice-breaker, called “Where Do You Stand?” We have large chart paper on either side of the room; one sheet is labelled “NO” and one labelled “YES”. And in the centre of the room, we have a sheet labelled, “MAYBE”.

We then asked the participants a series of critical questions and they must move to one of the three areas in the room based on their response to the question. A few examples:

  1. “Is Hip Hop for…

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