Use Your Voice

From Africa to the Bronx

Hip-Hop History

Use Your Voice

"Funny how people run from their blessings, ain’t it? My grandmother always said, 'Ah, when you stand with the blessings of your Mother and God, it matters not who stands against you.'"

–Chance, Syncing Ink

A look at hip hop's ability to resist inequalities in society

Have hip-hop artists replaced Martin Luther King Jr. as the voice of civil rights?

A former music executive discusses how hip hop created the voice of today's culture.

The History of Social Dance

A visual history (in 25 moves) of how African Americans have used social dance to make social statement

"I was never afraid to say what was on my mind. That’s why I was in those college protests, giving speeches on campus about Civil Rights and justice. There’s nothing more powerful than a man who can master his tongue. I’m a tell you something: anything you want in this gotta speak it into existence."

–Dad, Syncing Ink

Think about this:

Why do you speak?


Tips from the Writer

For Alley Theatre's DREAM-HOUSTON project, we spoke to Syncing Ink playwright NSangou Njikam. Here are his tips for finding one's voice through hip hop and preparing for our exciting upcoming event Breaking Shakespeare: The Bard's Slam.

Finding Your Voice

Explore the message behind Syncing Ink, the importance of finding your voice, and tips for developing your ability to freestyle.

Explore the art forms' similarities and differences, and get some tips for creating original work based on Shakespeare's texts.

Hip Hop & Shakespeare

Find your voice through Shakespeare and slam poetry with our "Breaking Shakespeare" instructional videos.

Learn More

 Alley Theatre's DREAM-HOUSTON is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. 

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