Peace and much Love Hiphoppas!
The divinity in me salutes the divinity in you, word!
As you know, November is Hip Hop History Month! This is the 37th Anniversary of the Universal Zulu Nation and the 36th Anniversary of Hip Hop culture! In 1973 a group of young of poor, Black, Brown and White youth decided they were sick and tired of the conditions they were living in and organized themselves together to form Hip Hop culture, a movement that took the world by storm! They used the elements of Breakin'; Emceein', DJin' and Graffiti, to achieve Peace, Unity, Love and having Fun! They utilized Hip Hop culture for self-identification; self-improvement; self-empowerment AND social change! In just 36 years, according the the United Nations, "Hip Hop IS the fastest GROWING culture in the WORLD"; Hiphoppas this month is OUR time to celebrate ourselves!
This is a great time for to US to look at our brief history and celebrate the many, many POSITIVE contributions WE have made in the WORLD! I'm sure many of you have already made plans of how you're going to celebrate Hip Hop History Month this year, however, for those of you that are still looking for ideas here are "Minister Server's 7 Suggestions for Hip Hop History Month"!
1. Learn about the origins of Hip Hop culture; the conditions that helped to create it and the people that influenced Hip Hop culture to be what it is today.
2. Attend the Universal Zulu Nation Anniversary celebration in New York City, November 12-14, 2010. Seeing Hip Hop pioneers, plus young and older Hiphoppas from all over the WORLD will be an experience you will NEVER forget.
3. Encourage media outlets to acknowledge and celebrate Hip Hop History Month through music, videos, movies, pictures, interviews, etc.
4. Share YOUR stories about the positive effect that Hip Hop has on your life and/or your community; use pictures; videos; event fliers, etc.
5. Bring together a group of youth and have a screening/ community discussion using classic Hip Hop movie(s) or Videos as a tool for open dialogue on various subjects.
6. Purchase products, CDs, DVDs, T-Shirts, etc. from Hip Hop pioneers; a lot of Hip Hop pioneers are still recording new material and performing; they need OUR support to keep their legacy alive.
7. Remember to celebrate Hip Hop History beyond entertainment; highlight the work of "unsung" Hip Hop leaders; parents; teachas, activists, organizers, promoters, etc.
These are just a few suggestions of how WE can celebrate Hip Hop History Month, please feel free to add any other POSITIVE suggestions, ideas, etc., remember, "history is told by those that DOCUMENT and tell THEIR story"! Nuff RESPECT to ALL Hiphoppas WORLDWIDE, have a SAFE, POSITIVE and FUN, 2010 Hip Hop History Month, Word!