206 Zulu – Universal Zulu Nation calls upon the World to recognize the month of November as Hip Hop History Month! In a span of only thirty years, Hip Hop and Rap music have become one of the largest influences not only in today’s youth, but people from all walks of life and of all ages throughout the entire planet. It has become a multi-billion dollar industry that has changed and empowered millions of lives in some form. Although it has made a profound impact in today’s society, not many know of its origins or even what it truely is.
A large part of this is because mainstream media has been fueled by major corporations and subsequently, these corporations have taken control of its image and likeness and continue to use it solely for the intent of making money. Through this commercialism, it is what many true-school enthusiasts would call formulaic and unoriginal. The music once encompassed a universal language and culture that held no barriers and was based upon any of life’s topics. Today its integrity has dissolved as it reflects such a small and limited portion of its entirety. Today you advance as an artist in this industry if you glamourize violence, disrespect women, live arrogantly and unresponsibly, or so it seems.
During this time we call upon everyone to educate themselves as to the history and herstory of Hip Hop Culture. We challenge everyone to delve into the untold stories that the media omits. If you are a practicioner or a fan of Hip Hop, learn about whats happening in your local community and support it!
206 Zulu is working diligently this month to spread awareness of not just Hip Hop and its history, but to inspire and motivate people to seek knowledge, wisdom, understanding, freedom, justice, equality, peace, unity, love, respect, responsibility and recreation, perserverence, economics, mathematics, science, life, truth, facts and faith. We will be working with youth and young adults from various schools within the Northwest including Denny Middle School, Meany Middle School, Williamette University, Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club, Rainier Beach Library and Wahluke High School.
This work will be continued on programs such as Hip Hop 101 TV on SCAN Channel 77/29 (Fridays 9-10pm) and Zulu Radio on KBCS 91.3 fm (Saturdays 10pm-mid). Additionally, we will host a truely unique event Saturday, November 17th called Zulu Radio Live! that is not to be missed. This event will happen at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center and will be broadcast live on KBCS 91.3 FM and honors Hip Hop from Seattle’s past, present and future.
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