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Hip Hop History Month – November 2018

November has been celebrated as Hip Hop History Month in Seattle, Tacoma and throughout Washington State for nearly a decade.  In the tumultuous political climate of 2018, the lessons present in the heritage and legacy of Hip Hop culture are more valuable than ever.

Since its genesis in Black and Brown youth subculture of the 1970s, Hip Hop has grown into an internationally embraced cultural force, despite its rampant commercialization by corporate America. As the voice of the voiceless, Hip Hop continues to evolve, inspire, and influence broader society wherever it manifests. Hip Hop and its artistic practices have persisted as important tools for self-expression, community empowerment, and social change in the face of oppressive systems everywhere.

To honor Hip Hop History Month, we are calling upon our broader community of artists, educators, organizations, and more to join us in actively exploring and carrying this legacy forward. Here are just a few ideas for how:

  • Learn more about Hip Hop history, starting in your own backyard
  • Seek/support local Hip Hop artists and indy media that amplifies them
  • Host a Hip Hop workshop, assembly or presentation
  • Spread the word on HHHM

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Nov 1 – Crosscut Live: A Hip Hop History of Seattle
Nov 3 – 206 Gala 2018
Nov 3 – Hip Hop History Month Kick-Off
Nov 10 – Seattle Black Panther Party Youth Empowerment Summit
Nov 10 – Bobby Seale, Live-in Community
Nov 15 – Power to the People: My People Are Rising Screening and Panel
Nov 15 – Black Violin
Nov 15 – THE MIDNIGHT HOUR-Feat Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest)
Nov 17 – The Hip Hop Nutcracker featuring Kurtis Blow
Nov 17 – Beat Street
Nov 17 – Dance Battle! Tradition 7
Nov 17 – Ready Ron Beats 2
Nov 17 – Snap 90s Dance Party
Nov 18 – Pop+ Hip-Hop at MoPOP
Nov 18- Pacific Northwest Afro X ft. Specswizard & more at Langston
Nov 19 – Lord Finesse
Nov 20 – Hip-Hop History Month w/ Daudi Abe, Vitamin D & Massive Monkees
Nov 23 “Blaze Maps” Seattle Hip Hop pop-up gallery at Wash Hall
Nov 23- Black Friday at Washington Hall/Cypher Cafe Grand Opening
Nov 27 – Stop Biting

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