Dj Grand Wizard Theodore (Inventor of Scratch Techniques/ Needle Drop)
Grand Wizard Theodore, an member of the Fantastic Five/ Universal Zulu Nation born on March 5,1963 in the South Bronx, New York became a Hip Hop Legend by inventing the Scratch Technique & Needle Drops on (TurnTables). Today Grand Wizard Theodore is 53 years old still Djing and Scratching on albums. The Hip Hop Icon is teaching the new generation of future Dj’s the History, Foundation and Skills of an Dj, Scratching and Needle Drop on the Turntables.
Happy Birthday Grand Wizard Theodore
Hip Hop Education Class Element of a Emcee Class
My students learning how to Rhyme on a Beat, One of the importance as a Hip Hop Educator is to teach from the root of its foundation. Today lesson was the word “Fly” and “Silence” which they had to create rhyming words and make a Rap song. This is a lesson that was taught to me by the Legendary KRS 1 which is why KRS 1, Jay Electronica and J.Dilla was the topic of the day. The rest of my students was scare to get on camera which its ok, however I’m glad that the new generation of Hip Hoppers are starting off young and getting the proper education. My 6 Emcee’s are students from Camp Curtin & Marshall School in Harrisburg Pennsylvania (Harrisburg School District).
Hip Hop Class with 1st Graders in the Harrisburg School District (Graffiti Art)
Scott Elementary School (Harrisburg Pennsylvania)
My Hip Hop Class was full of Energetic First Graders who was interesting in the History of Hip Hop Culture. One of the Elements that interested these 1st Graders is Graffiti Art because of the color’s and it represented the alphabets as it allow the students to be more interested in this activity. Showing these 6-7 year Historic Photos from the book Wild Style which the book was given to myself and Harrisburg City Breakers as a gift from Charlie Ahearn the creator of the documentary gives these students a visual of the historical structure of the Art from Old Graffiti Trains, and Walls in the 70’s of the South Bronx.
Giving the 1st Grade students the opportunity to create their own style of Graffiti Art using the words Hip Hop, their name or Class room number help them learn that Graffiti Art are words incorporating into art.
Photos By:Malik Parham
Hip Hop Educator/ Instructors Ms. Michele & Zulu Bratz Film By Michele Hairston©
The Bboy workshop is a class which target Students who lack in Social Skills ,Emotional and Behavioral Problems from grades 1st- 12th, we teach the basic skills of Foundation, Musicality, Fundamentals and more important the History of the original Hip Hop Dance.
Our Mission is to Bridge a Gap and promote a better Social and Communication skills through Breaking and Education System. Here is a small Documentary that was created by my 1st- 5th Grade Breaking Class in Harrisburg School District. Enjoy!
“Hip Hop Culture” in Many Words
Lesson Plan By :Michele Hairston ©2015
Hip Hop Educator/ Historian
Grades: 3rd -5th / 6th-8th
Group of 5 (15 or more students)
School District/ After School Program
Time: 50 Minutes
-Lined Writing Paper
-Using words building to elevate the mind of your students.
-Thinking Skills and using Word Building as apart of Hip Hop/Education and Words Fundamental.
-The Philosophy of Hip Hop and History.
-Recognizing its main 5 Elements of Hip Hop.
-Discuss the Demographic of Hip Hop History.
– Understanding Hip Hop is a Educational Movement.
– Social /Communication Skills and Team work using Hip Hop Education.
– Enhancement on Writing, Spelling . Pronunciation and Reading Skills using Hip Hop Education.
1.What is Hip Hop Culture?
2.Who is the Founder of Hip Hop?
3.Discuss the different era’s in Hip Hop.
4.What are the Main 5 Elements? Aerosol/ Writing (Graffiti), Dj, Breaking, Emcee, Knowledge.
-Asked your students which Element of Hip Hop is more popular?
-Discuss the Positive, Negative, Social Issue in the Music, Culture and Media.
-Asked each student to give you (5) Positive words to defined “HIP HOP CULTURE”.
1.Place your students in groups of 3-5 depending how many students you have in your classroom.
2.Select a writer and a group leader in charge of the project to help direct His/ Her peers.
3 Give your students the instruction of the project make sure they comprehend the lesson well.
4.Start the timer at 3:00 minutes.
5.Once 3:00 Minutes is up have your student to raise their hands with their pencil showing no one isn’t cheating.
6.Each group will walk in front of the classroom together saying each word on their paper.
7. Have each writer to count how many words they have on their paper.
8.Once the numbers are tally up have each group to use Good Sportsmanship to congratulate the winning group on their Achievement.
How challenging was the lesson?
How well your team mates used their communication Skills and Team Work for this project to be successful?
Give me 5 Words that describes Hip Hop Culture from the Project.
Q-Tip my beloved Zulu Brother Welcome Lil Wayne to be apart of our Family and people on Social Media are questioning and debating why ?Here are my thoughts.
The Universal Zulu Nation was founded in late 1972 and became established in 1973 by Afrika Bambaataa who was a former Gang member and change his life by Unifying all Street Gang. Afrika Bambatta taught his members to become a productive Outreach and a Advocate for their Community, Hip Hop Culture and Education. The Universal Zulu Nation is an Organization of individuals who are in search for Unification, Peace, and Up-liftment.
Im very open about how I started my Youth Chapter here in Harrisburg Pennsylvania, My youth was referred to me by Principles, Probation officers, School Councilors, Parents and Many Teachers from Elementary, Junior High and the High Schools. The Zulu Bratz chapter open in 2003 with members young as 6,7,8 years old and still active members to this day, Many had changed and grown up to be productive young mentors to others and brought in new members who are their peers. I have 68 Zulus age ranges from 8-19 Years old who represent and respect the mission of our movement. Most of my Young Zulus speak about their pass and how this organization had change their lives.
We do not discriminate on your Music, Social Skills and lifestyle however we expect you to come into our family and hold yourself as a Respectful, Productive Zulu who is willing to spread Love, Peace, and Unity around the world and change for the better.
I am excited that my Zulu Brother Lil Wanye will travel this Journey with us as we bring in another 41 years. I welcome Ahki Lil Wayne with open Arms. Let’s stop being so judgmental and start unifying as a movement so we can more forward.
Peace Zulu Queen Michele
President of Universal Zulu Nation Pennsylvania Chapter 76/ Hip Hop Education 4 Youth
- Laws and Regulations#14. Zulus should remember to lead a peaceful way of life and strive to be righteous.
- In our Constitution Article II Section 1 ; The Universal Zulu Nation shall be open to all individuals regardless of Race, Creed Religion Nationality or Culture.
- Laws and Regulation #34 You should love your Brother or Sister and believe in yourself.
Beautiful Words by 11 Year Old Samira
Samira, 6th Grader in the Harrisburg School District/ Harrisburg Pennsylvania
Samira wrote this poem to encourage her peers not to listen or fall into the stereotype. She also encourage her peers to never let others who bullies, say negative things to hurt someone feeling to cause self harm. Love Yourself is what she encourage.