Flipping Muslim stereotypes at 'Hip Hoppa Locka' in Opa-locka

Updated: Sep 25, 2018


A free, Knight Foundation-backed afternoon focused on hip-hop music and tolerance, “Hip Hoppa Locka” will feature breakdancing from Sackett, who will be joined by Queens-born Muslim-American rapper Aja Black and Washington, D.C.-based graffiti muralist Cita Sadeli. The gathering is part of MDC Live Arts’ Muslim arts-centric program, “Ojala /Inshallah: Wishes From the Muslim World.”

For the past two weeks, the women have been artists in residence at the Arts Academy of Excellence in Opa-locka, teaching middle-school students about combating Islamophobia through the language of hip-hop. Those lessons will culminate in a new dance performance with students onstage at the ARC, a mural-painting activity with Sadeli and an original rap song with Black, Sackett says.

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