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Editor’s Note: As classes come to a halt due to the strike, music still persists at Columbia



When we finalized having an issue celebrating the 50th anniversary of hip-hop in August, we had no idea we would be creating it and reporting it out in such a pivotal point for the college.

Our reporters have been scouring campus and the city for powerful stories about hip-hop to tell, while the music at Columbia has literally and figuratively stopped due to the part-time faculty union’s strike that started on Monday, Oct. 30. As of the time of publication, negotiations between the college and Columbia Faculty Union remain at a stalemate.

Out of the 12 courses running in the fall 2023 semester for the college’s hip-hop minor, there are six part-time instructors teaching the courses either independently or with full-time faculty members.

That means the hip-hop minor’s 100-level classes, all the way to the program’s two practicum courses – “AEMMP Record Label” and “Events Management” – are hit by the strike.

Yet, these students in the program are working through it, by way of their creativity, and passion and commitment to their craft to keep hip-hop alive on campus, even if their classes, in some cases, come to a halt.

While the Chronicle reporters have dedicated so much time and energy into reporting on the part-time faculty union’s strike, which is now one of the longest strikes in Columbia history, we were committed to not let this milestone in hip-hop pass us.

In this issue, the Chronicle looks at hip-hop through the lens of fashion and the hip-hop heritage museum. We dive into the history of hip-hop and how the genre laid down its roots in Chicago 50 years ago.

We examine hip-hop as a form of poetry and through street art in the city.

Bringing it home to Columbia’s campus, we report on the revitalization of the college’s Hip-Hop Club and the hip-hop minor.

Our photographers give us insight into what goes on behind the scenes of the college’s hip-hop ensemble and members of our community who keep the heart of Columbia’s hip-hop presence beating.

We ask you to join us as we tell stories that highlight Columbia – and Chicago’s – dynamic hip-hop scene and move forward with celebrating it well beyond its anniversary.


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Olivia Cohen, Editor-in-Chief
ocohen@columbiachronicle.com   Olivia Cohen is a senior journalism major, minoring in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She primarily reports on Columbia's financial health and administration and unions, but has also written about personnel and department changes, COVID-19 policies and abortion. She joined the Chronicle in August 2021.   Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota