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Rapathon 5 is Coming! March 7, 2011 The Hip Hop Culture Center in Harlem presents Rapathon 5

The Hip Hop Culture Center is honored and thrilled to announce that we will be hosting the 5th Annual Rapathon; Saturday, May 21st 2011 through Sunday, May 22nd 2011.

H2C2 has managed to feature over 150+ rappers, 30+ DJs, beat boxers, and musicians from all over the world. This year will be no different from any other, expect an additional hour on the clock totaling 28 hours of straight Hip Hop! We will hold 4 to 6 open auditions at our venue for those interested in performing.

To take part in this staple event you must be able to rhyme for 90 seconds straight without cursing, commit to the show, and interact well with others. Just show up with an undeniable rhyme and you might be the next emcee to grace the famous Rapathon stage. Be prepared for an unforgettable experience because H2C2 has a lot in store. For more info stay tuned to our website

H2C2 not only provides exclusive shows for the community but also prides itself on its educational involvement. Using Hip Hop as an instrument to educate the youth the Hip Hop Culture Center offers a program called Edutainment. This workshop combines the latest Hip Hop tunes with academics covering subjects from Civil Rights to Financial Literacy.

We are located at 2309 Frederick Douglass Blvd., 2nd Floor of the Magic Johnson Theater in the heart of Harlem, along 125th Street shopping district. We are accessible by A, B, C, D, 2 and 3 trains. For more information pertaining to the 5th Annual Rapathon, please contact us at 212-234-7171 or

Ralph McDaniels Birthday Party! February 17, 2011

A letter from the Desk of the Executive Director of The Hip Hop Culture Center

What is an ICON? The dictionary says:

i·con (??-?kän)  / noun

1. also i·kon (??-?kän)
a. An image; a representation.
b. A representation or picture of a sacred or sanctified Christian personage, traditionally used and venerated in the Eastern Church.
2. An important and enduring symbol: “Voyager will take its place … alongside such icons of airborne adventure as The Spirit of St. Louis and [the] Bell X-1” (William D. Marbach).
3. One who is the object of great attention and devotion; an idol: “He is … a pop icon designed and manufactured for the video generation” (Harry F. Waters).
4. Computer Science A picture on a screen that represents a specific file, directory, window, option, or program.

This piece is about Ralph McDaniels. In describing Ralph I’m going to go with line #2  An important and enduring symbol.

In the world today there are not a lot of Hip Hop figures who are working on their third decade. Have you ever took the time to think about what Uncle Ralph means to Hip Hop. How many artists got there first shot on Video Music Box? How many people create a format that is so visionary that it becomes the catalyst that is the foundation for a multinational corporate juggernaut like Viacom. How many directors got there start there. Where did Jay-Z, LL, Puff etc…dream their music would end up on. Who invented the term Shout Out? It’s taken for granted now, but the first time I ever heard someone Shout It Out was on The Box that Rocks!

The first Dope Fashion Show I ever saw was The Phat Fashion Show. On VMB  I watched as FUBU went from T-Shirts to an urban powerhouse. The first time I saw Nas, Kane, KRS, PE, Wutang, RUN DMC, Biggie was on the Box…and he probably produced or directed the video. Since graduating from New York Institute of Technology in 1982 the man has been putting in work. From being nominated for an Emmy for his documentary on Rahway prison to being an associate producer to the Hip Hop classic Juice, who has put it down flatter. Ralph was promoting voter registration drives way before anybody ever Rocked the Vote. And try walking down Flatbush Ave, Fordham Road, 125th St, Merrick Boulevard with the man. Dont be in a rush for you will get stopped by a community that he continues to embrace. Has anyone captured more footage of his people than Mr. McDaniels? He’s interviewed everyone from Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandella, Russell Simmons to Pookie and Dem. Arthur Schomburg would be proud. Now why am I writing this? I’ll tell you. In my opinion this has been one of the worst Black History Month’s to date.

So on Sat Feb 26th come on down to Sanders Studios on Waverly between Fulton and Atlantic in Downtown Bklyn. and celebrate the Birthday of the living “Black History” legend  Uncle Ralph McDaniels. Supporting him on the wheels of Steel will be luminaries Red Alert and Clark Kent. Of course Video Music Box will be taping and the special surprise performances will be off the hook! When was the last time you went to a party, danced, networked and enjoyed yourself? Well here is your chance. Lets come out and give a little love to one of Hip Hop’s true trailblazing Pioneer!

Contact Kev Lawrence 646-425-6858 for ticket information

Hip Hop Culture Center In Harlem Announces Site Re-launch February 2, 2011

H2C2 announces website redesign

Hip Hop Culture Center In Harlem Featured in BBC News   January 5, 2011 H2C2 Executive Director Curtis Sherrod was interviewed by “The Beeb” for its spotlight on Harlem. The report focuses on the value of Harlem as a tourist destination, while mentioning its rich history. So cool to see H2C2 and Hip Hop lifted up! Click here to check out the BBC report. Curtis Sherrod interviewed on BBC News

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