JLE Academy connects you directly to the history and global impact of Hip-Hop culture through discussion-based lectures and activities.

Small Group Workshops

This is a discussion-based course that examines the history and complexity of Hip-Hop culture, its diversity, and role in social justice efforts around the world.

Elements of Hip-Hop culture (rap, DJ, graffiti, & breakin) and mass media (music, television, and film) will be used as tools to critique what we learn and communicate.

We will examine the influence of Hip-Hop culture on our consciousness for social change and use individual and collective creativity to explore solutions for a more equitable society.

What You Will Learn

Roots of Rap

Global Impact

Fun Facts


History of Breakin’

Music legacy

View the course outline

Our Testimonials

"Professor Tyson is incredible. He is very knowledgeable when it comes to hip-hop and had an influence on everyone in the class."

– Jamarcus

"This was the best class I've ever taken."

– Christine

"I got so much out of this class, I learned a ton from the professor and from other students and I would recommend this course for anyone even if they aren't a fan of Hip Hop because I learned so much more than just that."

– Tracy

"Mr. Tyson explained the subject matter in a way that was very interesting and easy to understand."

– Sondra

"The presentations and videos we watched in class help me with presenting and public speaking."

– Anderson