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Published 2/17/2004
Local Expert on Hiphopology to Speak At Owens, Feb. 25

Executive Director of MADD Poets Society, David Bush, will offer insight into the topic of Hiphopology as he speaks at Owens Community College on Wednesday, February 25. Bush's appearance will culminate the College's month-long celebration of National Black History Month.

The event begins at 11:30 a.m. in the College's Audio/Visual Classroom Center Rooms 125-128 on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from Downtown Toledo. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

"David Bush will offer those in an attendance the opportunity to understand an aspect of our culture that is often overlooked," said Betty Valentine, Owens Director of Employee Relations and Diversity. "His knowledge of hip- hop culture and its effect on our society is profound and honest. Attendees will walk away with a unique perspective on a new phenomenon."

Hiphopology is defined as the study of hip-hop culture. Bush's lecture will take a behind the scenes look at hip-hop and explore the power of the multi- billion dollar industry once considered a fad - rap. Discussion issues will include how hip-hop effects mainstream culture in the United States, the unique language of hip-hop and self-expression of young adults related to fashion trends and culture.

Recognized as a poet and motivational speaker, Bush is the Founder and Executive Director of Making a Direct Difference (MADD) Poets Society. In addition, the former rapper founded Creative Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in workshops geared toward empowerment and social development. Considered by many to be an expert on hip-hop culture, Bush has presented his message to various organizations, including the American Red Cross, the NAACP, the Toledo Public Schools, the Ohio Department of Youth Services and the Lucas County Children Services.

His community involvement includes membership with the Lucas County Mental Health Board Youth of Color Task Force and the Northwest Ohio African American Library Association.

For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7454 or (567) 661-7454.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 27 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for Northwest Ohio college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.



 

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