KRS-One is launching a series of community-based programs in honor of the 50th anniversary of hip-hop. Listed on his new website Birthplaceofhiphop.nyc, the programs, which include pop-up exhibits, a masterclass in hip-hop and a logo design contest, will simultaneously highlight and celebrate both the history of hip-hop and its current expressions.
All events will take place at the Community Center at 1520 Sedgwick Ave. aka “the birthplace of hip-hop,” where DJ Kool Herc hosted his Back To School Jam and perfected his techniques, and “b-boys,” “b-girls” graffiti writers, emcees and DJs came together and formed the genre. The programs will kick off August 11, on the 50th anniversary of hip-hop.
“The 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop is a global movement that speaks to the grit, voice, and power of how it came to be in the first place – we used our voices when they tried to silence us. We used our creativity when they tried to stifle us,” KRS-One said in a statement. “We created the culture because we wanted to stand out and stand up for our artistry. Hip Hop is the people’s movement. I am excited to showcase this to the world in the space where it all began at 1520 Sedgwick in the Community Center. It feels right to be here, where it all began.”
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