The Hip-Hop Odyssey TV Channel was created from the Hip-Hop Odyssey International Film Festival (H2O) archive. H2O was launched November 13, 2002 at the Bronx Museum of the Arts by a group of filmmakers, educators, activists and entrepreneurs. Showcasing an array of narrative and documentary films from around the world, many with social justice themes, H2O was the largest festival of its kind. H2O promoted the use of Hip-Hop culture as a tool to teach media literacy and social awareness.
The Odyssey Awards is where H2O announced the winners of the festival and acknowledge the most important Hip-Hop filmmakers, industry professionals and pioneers. This signature event features appearances and performances by Hip-Hop heavyweights such as, Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, MC Lyte, Kanye West, Roxanne Shante, and Ice T.
After 5-years, Founder Martha Diaz decided to put the festival on hiatus and produce targeted film screenings through the Hip-Hop Education Center, in collaboration with, other festivals, universities, colleges, museums, and institutions of education, culture and civic engagement.
In 2014, The Schomburg Center for Black Research, a research unit of the New York Public Library, agreed to archive the H2O collection and seminal films to offer a myriad of voices and stories that educators, students, researchers, scholars, teaching artists, and the community at-large can use for educational purposes.
Hip-Hop Education Center
The Hip-Hop Education Center is the official steward of the H2O collection. Our mission is to be a catalyst for social change through the operation of an online -- Communiversity — whereby the community and university come together to develop an alternative educational space that utilizes hip-hop culture as an interdisciplinary teaching tool of essential life skills, all of which supports the emotional, physical, creative, cognitive and civic development of young people, in an effort to transform their lives and communities.
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