Event: League of Young Voters/Rap Sessions Panel w/ Talib Kweli & Bakari Kitwana

A live streaming panel discussion on, called “Gender and Racial Politics in Today’s Media,” which is a part of the Rap Sessions series. The interactive event will be broadcast on UStream and will examine the ways that race and gender are perceived and discussed in national culture in the aftermath of the election of Barack Obama. The provocative, 90-minute town hall-style gathering will challenge participants to examine ways the “Obama Era” has impacted discussions of race and gender in America.

Join renowned hip-hop artist Talib Kweli and a distinguished panel of scholars, philosophers and activists on The League of Young Voters Education Fund’s Bakari Kitwana, Rap Sessions CEO and respected political analyst, will lead a discussion of contemporary moments in pop culture and politics where race, gender image, and identity have taken center stage.

Gender and Racial Politics in Today’s Media will take place Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 from 3 p.m. ET – 4:30 p.m. ET (60 minute panel and 30 minute Q&A). Guests can participate online at or in person at Jackson State University’s New Student Center (2 p.m. CT).

The League of Young Voters Education Fund empowers young people nationwide to participate in the democratic process and create progressive political change on the local, state and national level – with a focus on non-college youth and youth from low-income communities and communities of color. The League meets young people where they are, works on issues that affect their lives, and provides them with tools, training and support to become serious catalysts for change. Visit us at

For the last five years, Rap Sessions, the first national tour of its kind, has brought town hall-style meetings to scores of cities across the country. In 2011, Rap Sessions continues its commitment to engaging the most difficult dialogues facing the hip-hop generation. By touring the nation with leading hip-hop activists, scholars and artists, Rap Sessions helps jumpstart crucial local debate. Past participating institutions include Harvard Law School, Princeton University, Brown University, University of California – Berkeley, Stanford, Vanderbilt University, Washington University, the University of California – Los Angeles, the University of Chicago, The City Museum of New York, The Kauffman Foundation, The Walker Art Center and The Experience Music Project Museum, among others.