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…
Mama Luke: Hip-Hop’s Fight Against Breast Cancer announces a series of events to raise money and awareness for breast cancer
New York, NY — Mama Luke: Hip-Hop’s Fight Against Breast Cancer, co-founded by Hip Hop legend Kangol Kid and Minister Shaunda Lumpkin, has announced their schedule of Breast Cancer Awareness Month events in the New York/New Jersey area.
On Saturday, October 13 at 6am, FOX 5 in New York presents the first ever Mama Luke “Tell-A-Friend” Television Special. This will be the first time Hip-Hop rallies together in this way to fight a disease on television. Not a telathon, the “Tell-A-Friend” will feature an inspirational story from a breast cancer survivor along with a stellar lineup of performances including Dres (Black Sheep), Greg Nice (Nice & Smooth), Erick Sermon (EPMD), Doitall (Lords of the Underground), Rapper’s Delight (formerly known as Sugarhill Gang), Kangol Kid (U.T.F.O.), Dinco D (Leaders of the New School), Roxanne Shante, Dana Dane, Fearless Four, Freedom Williams (C&C Music Factory), and Vinnie of Naughty by Nature. Fans of Hip Hop and anyone who wants to support the fight against breast cancer are urged to tune in or set their DVRs as this will be must see TV! Read more…
Hip-Hop Legend/Icon, Ralph McDaniels (Video Music Box) celebrated his birthday at The M1-5 Lounge in New York City, Wednesday, February 29th with The Video Mix Party Crew (Ralph McDaniels, DJ Wiz of Kid N Play, Dana Dane, The Awesome Two, BIG CED and DJ Vern). In attendance were Grand Puba (Brand Nubian), Lil Fame (M.O.P.), B Fats, Luv Bug Starski, Free (Entouch),Vincent Davis (Vintertainment Records), Dana Dane, Gravy (Jamal Woolard), Ronnie Wright, Ernie Paniccioli (Hip-Hop Historian Photographer), Ken Murphy, D- Mitch, Kenya Smith, Datwon Thomas (VIBE.com), Butta L, Hot Dog (Chubb Rock), Seed Popular (Rule 4080) and a host of others I may have forgotten.
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The People will be out in Full Force tonight, January 25th!