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NYPL Celebrates 50 Years of Hip-Hop

by on April 27, 2023

Queen Latifah said it best at the 2023 NAACP Image Awards, “Hip Hop is World Culture.” In 50 years, Hip Hop hasn’t stopped. Despite decades of criticism, condemnation, and censure, Hip Hop has influenced and continues to influence culture. Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, written by Jeff Chang, with a forward by D.J. Kool Herc, is part of the story that NYPL is telling in their 50-Year Celebration of Hip Hop Event, ongoing through August.  

The event site states, “hip-hop’s impact and influence have reached beyond music throughout culture, from fashion to film to literature and more. Join us this spring and summer as the library celebrates the legacy of hip-hop with programs, reading recommendations, and more, culminating in a celebration in August. Information about events and resources can be found here, https://www.nypl.org/spotlight/hip-hop-50.   

Genre Booklists

Ideas to celebrate Hip Hop Legacy and Development at Your Library

Video content from The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

There are many more ways to celebrate and also learn more about Hip Hop’s story. Start with these resources to see the contributions and impact of Hip Hop Artists and fans. 

Watch the first Hip Hop Movie, Wild Style released in 1983, free on TubiTV 

Read up on XXL’s Top 25 Impactful Hip Hop Producers 

Check out BET’s Anniversary Page 

Listen to NPR’s Podcast: 50 Years of Hip Hop 

Watch the PBS “Fight the Power” Series 

Learn the Impact on Education  

Learn the Impact on Fashion 
How Hip-Hop Changed Fashion: 50th Anniversary Retrospective – WWD  

Check Out Books from Goodread’s Curated Reading List 
The Definitive List of Hip-Hop Books (143 books) (goodreads.com)  

Attend Can’t Stop Hip Hop -A Conference to Celebrate & Elevate the Power of Hip Hop (in) Education Held at the Harvard Graduate School of Education 

Take some Masterclasses 
NAS teaches storytelling —  https://www.masterclass.com/classes/nas-teaches-hip-hop-storytelling  

QuestLove teaches music curation and DJing — https://www.masterclass.com/classes/questlove-teaches-music-curation-and-djing  

Browse Kennedy Center’s Education Page  — bit.ly/3LnGzzb