Archive for January, 2011

Rewind: Converse Sneaker Battle Tour

Converse Sneaker Art Battle TourBack in 2006, Converse sponsored its first Sneaker Battle Tour. Events took place in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia in six venues. Both young and old participated using a wide variety of styles from markers to airbrush. The tour also featured the Hip-Hop flier collection of Curtis Sherrod, which was hot off its run at The Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. There were also featured acts, which included rappers, musicians, dancers and mime artists. Join us as we look back. Check out our video gallery by clicking this link.


Also, check out the recap video, which includes the Los Angeles event!

Sponsored by Target. Additional funding provided by Aetna.

Hip Hop Culture Center in Harlem at The Apollo’s Open House WeekendThis Black History Month weekend at the Apollo grants patrons a free visit to the landmark venue and includes:

• A performance by Hip Hop Culture Center in Harlem’ Atlas’ on the Apollo Theater’s Main stage
• Your chance to step on the Apollo’s stage;
• Film screenings;
• Health tests;
• Interactive family activities;

Dates: Saturday, February 5 and Sunday, February 6, 2011
Time:  Noon-4pm.

Location: The Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th St., NYC.
Atlas' (Amateur Night at the Apollo Winner)

Celebrate the Apollo Experience-Noon-3PM

Experience performances by the Hip Hop Culture Center in Harlem’s Atlas’, the Harlem Opera Theater, a winner from Amateur Night at the Apollo, Harlem School for the Arts, NYCHA Community Programs, and Urban Word NYC.  Hosted by Billy Mitchell.  Music by DJ King James.

Dancing Through Time at the Apollo Family Workshop- 2PM-4PM*
Lindy Hop and Twist your way back in time as dancer and choreographer Mickey Davidson teaches children ages 5 and over about various dances styles that have been popular at the Apollo.


A Day of Comedy, Music and Dance -Noon-3pm
Witness performances from an Amateur Night at the Apollo contestant, BMCC Tribeca PAC, Harlem Arts Alliance, and MTA Music Under New York, and “shake your thang” as the Dance Theatre of Harlem presents the Aetna Healthy Dancers/Healthy Families Initiative.  Music by DJ King James.

Shake Your Rattle & Roll Family Workshop 2pm-4pm*
Create and decorate handmade rattles with musician Kevin Nathaniel and visual artist Miah Leslie.  (For children ages 5 and over and their families.)

Health information on both days from Aetna, Harlem YMCA,  Healthy Eating and Living, and Harlem Hospital Center.

*For the family workshops: children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Adults must be accompanied by a child. Space is limited. Pre-registrations strongly suggested via