Hip-hop hope

On a foggy November evening, students arrive early for Uptown’s Kuumba Lynx drop-in arts program. Bright pink, blue and white graffiti covers the warehouse-like room’s walls where the program happens, and soon, music blasts from a set of turntables. Teenagers chatter and practice their dance moves, while one lanky young man on a skateboard clatters across the floor. All this, before Kuumba Lynx’s co-executive director Jacinda Bullie officially kicks off the evening. Eventually, she ushers the students into a small dance studio attached to the main room and leads them in yoga exercises.