February 11, 2013 Leave a comment
VIDEO MUSIC BOX KICKS OFF 30TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH AN EVENT AT THE SCHOMBURG CENTER FOR RESEARCH IN BLACK CULTURE WITH SUPPORT FROM THE HIP-HOP SUMMIT YOUTH COUNCIL
February 6, 2013, New York City—Video Music Box (VMB) founder and Hip-Hop Icon Uncle Ralph McDaniels held his kickoff event at the Schomburg to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of Video Music Box. The event was coordinated and hosted by Martha Diaz (The Schomburg Center’s Resident Hip-Hop Scholar), Director Dr. Khalil Muhammad and Ralph McDaniels (Video Music Box’s Creator). February 2013 is the 87th annual celebration of Black History Month, which has evolved over time to acknowledge the accomplishments, contributions and sacrifices of African-Americans and other African Diasporas. 2013 is also the 40th Anniversary of Hip-Hop’s birth. One of the priorities in developing VMB30’s year long schedule of activities, is to acknowledge, celebrate and honor this auspicious occasion.
Events will be taking place throughout the year in New York and the Tri-State area. Uncle Ralph has been in the game for over 30 years and has been an important part of Hip-Hop Culture. Back in the days, when there was no MTV or BET, Video Music Box was the only vehicle available to promote Hip-Hop music and culture. The biggest stars in Hip-Hop and R&B have benefited from the success of VMB. Mr. McDaniels has also produced over 400 music videos, is an on-air personality for Hot 97 Radio, and has been involved with several feature films. His commitment to the community, addressing such issues as poverty, education, voter registration, obesity, and gun and gang violence has always been a part of what VMB is all about. Read more of this post