Have You Heard: On the Dance Floor

Have You Heard? Disco, dance, and house all derive from African American musical expression, and NMAAM shined the spotlight on some of the most influential artists to get us out On the Dancefloor: The Queen of Disco, Donna Summer; the Godfather of House Music, Frankie...

The Message: Hip-Hop and Social Movements

Since the very beginning, hip-hop has been the voice of Black youth culture and has reflected the lived experiences of both its creators and consumers. Tackling everything from the crack epidemic to gang violence, police brutality, racism, and political and economic...

The Message: Rise of the Moguls

Hip-hop is not only responsible for driving massive shifts in culture and influencing trends world-wide; it’s also been a seemingly inexhaustible source of innovation and entrepreneurship. In the 1990s, artists stepped off the stage and into the boardroom,...

The Message: Ladies of the ’80s

During our month-long celebration of hip-hop, we had to take a moment to pay homage to some of the queens who reigned supreme during its early years. From 1970s predecessors like The Mercedes Ladies and the first on wax, MC Sha Rock came the Ladies of the ’80s:...

The Message: Hip-Hop’s Beginnings

Tracing its origins from West African griot traditions and African American and Caribbean linguistic styles, hip-hop is rooted in Black culture. The Black Arts Movement of the ’60s put artists like the Last Poets and Gil Scott-Heron in the spotlight and paved...