Crystal Hodges

ASL & Hip-Hop: Music is for Everyone

A Program featuring Crystal Hodges (Community Library Manager, Compton Library)

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About this Program

Join us as we explore how hip-hop culture and American Sign Language (ASL)/Black American Sign Language (BSL) coincide as well as learning basic hip-hop related signing with Michael Agyin, TEDx speaker, and Founder of Compton ASL Club. Ages: Family

We're bringing you another hip-hop related program in celebration of the 50th anniversary of hip-hop. As the title suggests, music is for EVERYONE including the deaf community. This program will be taught by Michael Agyin who is a Compton Deaf Community Advocate, TEDx speaker, and the Founder of Compton ASL Club. Join us in this guided discussion as we explore how hip-hop culture and American Sign Language (ASL)/Black American Sign Language (BSL) have impacted each other with hip-hop music. We will be screening some artistic videos that blends hip-hop and Sign Language as well as learning some basic ASL and hip-hop signs.

Compton ASL Club is a social advocacy and American Sign Language club, established in 2020, in response to make Compton a more accessible city for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. They provide an open and safe space for the Compton community to learn American Sign Language (ASL), creating communication access between the Deaf and Hearing while bringing awareness about BIPOC Deaf culture, Deaf achievements, Deaf resources and, accessibility that focus on bridging the gap in teaching and showcasing ASL in urban communities. In addition, Compton ASL provides: ASL classes, private ASL tutoring, ASL accessibility training, and consulting & workshops. You can follow Compton ASL Club on Instagram or contact them at [email protected] 

*This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

May 20, 2023, 09:00 PM

09:00 PM - 10:00 PM

About The Speakers

Crystal Hodges

Crystal Hodges

Community Library Manager, Compton Library


LA County Library

LA County Library

240 W. Compton Blvd., Compton

240 W. Compton Blvd. Compton, CA 90220


Main Sponsor

Queens Public Library



In 2021, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded $425.7 million through grantmaking, research and policy development, to advance, support, and empower America's museums, libraries, and related organizations.

Main Sponsor