UNC Professor Turns to Hip-Hop to Expand Music Education, and to Change the World

    This summer, UNC-Chapel Hill hosted the Carolina Hip-Hop Institute, an 11-day program dedicated to the art and sound of what is arguably the most influential style of music in contemporary popular culture.

    Over the past five years, Next Level has brought a rolling interactive program of hip-hop music, dance and art to more than 30 countries. Similar to the Jazz Ambassadors program in the 1950s — in which American jazz musicians took their art form abroad — Next Level is a way to celebrate the egalitarian ethic of hip-hop around the world.

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