Beatlab: How a Hip-Hop Digital Space Became an Outlet for Political Dialogue

17 September 2019, Version 1
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This paper explores the implications of a project called “Beatlab,” a digital music studio that was created at Chestnut Hill College as a gathering place to craft music (beats) and write personal reflections (rhymes). I document how Beatlab emerged as a safe space for expression and self-exploration and in turn, became a hub for conversation around complex political issues for the College and beyond.


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