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Hip-hop heads to the classroom

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Members of the Hip-Hop Working Group at UC-Berkeley include, from left to right, Michael Kahn, Michael Barnes, Rickey Vincent, Kendra Salois, Kofi-Charu Nat Turner and Erinn Ransom. (Deborah Stalford/Courtesy of Yasmin Anwar)

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Aya de Leon portrays an emcee in her movie about sexism in hip-hop called "Thieves in the Temple: The Reclaiming of Hip Hop." (Anna de Leon/courtesy of Aya de Leon)

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Hip-hop is coming off the streets and emerging as a new field of academic study. But supporters think it may face opposition behind the ivied walls.