Hip-Hop Hall of Fame introducing “28 Days of Hip-Hop and History”
In addition to the monthlong digital campaign for Black History Month, the organization is planning a brick-and-mortar museum in midtown
Mon Jan 27 2014
Photograph: Marielle Solan
Calling all hip-hop heads! There’s been a ton of debate surrounding the genre at the Grammys this year. Not only did Macklemore and Ryan Lewis beat out Kendrick Lamar (pictured) for Best Rap Album, but most of the ceremony's hip-hop awards weren’t even televised. Well, if you’re feeling cheated out of your rap fix, we’ve got good news.
Starting in February, the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame Museum will be celebrating Black History Month with "28 Days of Hip-Hop and History." You might know the institution from the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame Awards, televised on BET in the '90s; the same organizers are planning to open a physical location in midtown Manhattan that will also house a museum, restaurant, concert venue and more. Sadly, the brick-and-mortar attraction has been long delayed—it was announced in 1994, and an opening date has yet to be confirmed. However, they've announced a forthcoming pop-up in Harlem prior to the permanent development's launch.
Next month, the future museum will highlight an African-American historical figure who is also a hip-hop icon on its website every day in February. The digital campaign will focus on the genre's influence on modern society and the ways in which it coincides with the civil-rights movement, social justice and politics. While developing this "Hip-Hop Pedia" reference guide, the organization will work to educate and inspire youth and their families about the legendary musicians who contributed to hip-hop’s abundant past and present.
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