Music for Social Justice with Aisha Fukushima

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Aisha Fukushima grew up writing creatively and experiencing hip hop music around the word. As an adult, she’s channeled her love for music into a social activist project called Raptivism that involves education, recording and performing music, and creating an online dialogue centered around social justice issues.

Fukushima tours with her band and also traveled around the world collaborating with a global community of hip hop leaders to create her Raptivism album. Some of the issues she’s addressed through her music are feminism, food justice, and negative stereotypes.

In this episode of Art School, Fukushima discusses her history as a performer, and then shows us some basic stomp rhythms, demonstrating how she incorporates this type of percussion into her performances.

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Kristin Farr

Kristin Farr is the creator and producer of KQED's Emmy Award-winning web video series, Art School, and she is a contributing editor for Juxtapoz magazine. She has interviewed many well-known contemporary artists including Miranda July, Daniel Clowes, David Shrigley, Olek, and JR. Kristin's artwork has been exhibited at galleries around the Bay Area including Fifty24SF, Anno Domini and The Bedford Gallery. Her FarrOut art app for iOS was released in 2013. She lives in the East Bay and her favorite color is all of them.

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