The hip hop community has been classified as an enemy of the state by law enforcement agencies. It comes down to everything from their dress to their lyrics. Hip hop is no different than any other art form, any other culture, any other group of youth attempting to express themselves. The Black August Movement (BAM) is devoted to supporting youth everywhere as they express themselves through hip hop's range of visual and performance art forms. The Black August Movement (BAM) strives to support the global development of hip hop culture by facilitating exchanges between international communities where hip hop is a vital part of youth culture and, by promoting awareness about the social and political issues that effect these youth communities. Our goal is to bring culture and politics together and to allow them to naturally evolve into a unique hip hop consciousness that informs our collective struggle for a more just, equitable, and human world.