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Symposium Addresses Harlem's Hip-Hop Relevance, May 19-20

On Thursday, May 19 and Friday, May 20 ,Global Artists Coalition (GAC) will present "A Celebration of Harlem Hip-Hop History," an interdisciplinary history, art and culture exhibition that explores the roots of hip-hop in the Harlem community. Held in conjunction with Columbia University and the Harlem Arts Alliance, the event will include music demonstrations, artistic exhibitions and a sneaker painting competition sponsored by Converse.


GAC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of hip-hop history and culture, helped develop the event to celebrate Hip-HopAppreciation Week (May 15-22).


Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 19 Harlem Hip-hop History Symposium
6 p.m.-9 p.m.Featuring a discussion among M1 (Dead Prez), music artist and cultural activist; Michael A. Gonzales, journalist, author and cultural critic; Havelock Nelson, Billboard magazine's first rap columnist; Eddy Petit, scholar and artist; Paul Winley, pioneering rap music producer, and moderator Dowoti Desir, activist, journalist, professor at Brooklyn College/CUNY

Columbia University, Alfred Lerner Hall, Satow Room, 5th floor, 115 Street & Broadway
Friday, May 20 " Music and Cultural Exhibitions and Displays"
1 p.m.-5 p.m.Converse Sneaker Art Battle
merging artists will use graffiti and illustrative art skills to creatively "tag" plain white sneakers. Participants will compete to have their winning design featured on a limited-edition Converse sneaker.
1 p.m.-5 p.m.Exhibition of Rare Hip-Hop Handbills and Photography
The hip-hop party handbill was the first form of street marketing in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The handbills are a part of a collection on permanent exhibit at the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame. Photography from Jamal Shabazz's book Back in the Day also will be displayed.
1 p.m.-2 p.m.True School:Rap as a Teaching Tool
Master mix tape blender Silva Sir-Fa drops science about how rap can be used to help students become more open to learning math, grammar and spelling.
2 p.m.-3 p.m.Presentation of Original Break Beats by DJ Neil Armstrong
Break beats are the rhythmic foundation of hip-hop music. This crowd-pleasing mix tape magician will cut and mix seminal sample-spotting musical tracks.
3 p.m.-4 p.m.Demonstration of Scratch Techniques
Grand Wizzard Theodore , inventor of turntable scratching and the "needle drop," will demonstrate his groundbreaking techniques.

Published: May 18, 2005
Last modified: May 17, 2005

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