Civil Rights Leader Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. and Hip Hop Icon MC Lyte have joined forces with the penning of FUSION: Bridging the Gap Between Civil Rights and Hip Hop (www.fusionthemovement.com), which spawned from a private conversation about social justice between the two icons last summer. This captivating dialogue examines how the Civil Rights Movement helped with the emergence of Hip Hop and how Hip Hop continues to help the survival of the Civil Rights Movement – with a rare focus on the roles women played throughout this unique era. Misogyny, the evolution of gender roles in the movement towards justice and equality, and the pervasiveness of music on Black culture and its global impact are discussed with the effervescence of two great leaders who are passionate about the continued advancement of peoples of color around the globe. A portion of the proceeds from FUSION benefit #EducateOurMen, the signature education initiative of Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, where Dr. Chavis and MC Lyte serve as Sr. Advisory Board Member and Chairman/Founder, respectively (www.educateourmen.info).
“FUSION and my partnership with Dr. Chavis allow me to continue to lead my generation in delivering positive images and messages about our continued efforts to achieve justice and equality, while providing access to higher education, mentorship and tools for social responsibility,” said MC Lyte.
“Working with MC Lyte to publish FUSION will help to stimulate more constructive and progressive dialogue, as well as direct social action, to achieve freedom, justice and equality for all while highlighting the positive transformative attributes of hip-hop culture and the ongoing Civil Rights Movement,” said Dr. Chavis.
The interdependence of the Civil Rights Movement to Hip Hop is unquestionable. FUSION is that rare look at two worlds: Civil Rights & Hip Hop, colliding in a riveting dialogue between two historic and lyrical leaders. Books can be purchased on Amazon and at fusionthemovement.com.