Episode 7 of Out of Darkness begins with placing Hip Hop within the lexicon of the Black American music and of the African-American experience. The effects of social integration on black music and the results of its crossover into mainstream society are explained as a process of African-Americans relinquishing the control of their own cultural product.
The episode then goes on to place Hip Hop within the context of a social movement by Black American youth, as a response to the institutional racism and systematic oppression experienced by African people at the hands of the dominant white society and specific organizations within the United States government.
In episode 7 of Out of Darkness Hip Hop is also examined from a spiritual perspective, as a continuation of the ancient tradition of African storytellers (Griots), and as a gift from the ancestors to be used for liberation and for the restoration of African pride and cultural heritage.
Out of Darkness is narrated by Prof. Kaba Kamene and co-stars Dr. Umar Johnson, Dr. Claud Anderson, Tim Wise, Prof. James Small, Dr. Joy DeGruy, Anthony Browder, Sabir Bey, Atlantis Browder, and Taj Tarik Bey.
Length: 25 min