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This three-day event approaches hip-hop from all sides, academically, with political and social commentary, and of course, with the real thing, live performances. Featured this year is a free symposium titled "Hip-Hop, Ethics, Social Imagination, and Today's Political Landscape ," Thursday evening in Wel Media Room on Duke's West Campus at 8 p.m. On Friday night, you can check out a joint performance by the Duke Gospel Choir , "United in Praise" and the Christian Hip-Hop group, Cross Movement, in Page Auditorium on Duke's West Campus at 8 p.m. (also gratis), followed by a concert by national recording artist Saigon at Club 9, 746 9th Street in Durham. Also on this bill are North Carolina artists The Away Team, L.E.G.A.C.Y., Jozeemo, K Hill, and Monte Smith. This show is hosted by Mothernature and Shelly B, with DJ Soundmachine and DJ Chela No. 1. It's open to the public (18 and up) with a $7 cover. Doors open at 10 p.m. Then it's back to some serious discussion on Saturday with a full set of panelists including minister Paul Scott, Damien Jackson, Cherryl Aldave, Niger Innis, Rev. Michael Walrond, Ambassador, Saigon, and moderator Glenn Toby, held at Richard White Auditorium on Duke's East Campus from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. This weekend is co-sponsored by among others, WXDU, the Duke Center for Race Relations, the Duke Black Student Alliance, the Women's Studies Department, and Black Campus Ministries.

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