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Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum Affirms Alliance With Smithsonian, Schomburg, RockHall, CornellU, HarvardU, UofHouston, HHEC-NYU to Preserve Hip Hop History & Education
December 15, 2013


The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum affirms that it has joined an Alliance of Hip Hop Artifacts & Preservation Institutions, and Individual Collectors including the Smithsonian, Schomburg, Rock Hall of Fame, Cornell U, Harvard U, U of Houston, Tribeca Film Institute, Hush Tours, and individual collectors like Ralph McDaniels of Video Music Box, Michael Holmon of Graffiti Rock, Charlie Ahearn of WildStyle, Curtis Sherrod of Rap-A-Thon, and Paradise Gray of X-Clan to name a few.

The HHHOF has formally adopted the final report of the 'Restoring Hip-Hop's Legacy - Through Artifacts, Preservation, and Education' Conference that was hosted by Martha Diaz of the Hip Hop Education Center- NYU, at the Schomburg in Harlem. The Foundational Report shall serve as a set of Institutional guidelines for HHHOF Exhibits and Preservation Committee moving forward with Alliance members in 2014. Easy AD of The Legendary Cold Crush Brothers will head the Committee with DJ Lord YodaX of the Zulu Nation and Crash Crew, who both participated in the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards TV show, created by Chairman JT Thompson, that aired on BET Network in the 90s and featured the God-father of Hip Hop DJ Kool Herc, Run DMC, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Red Alert, the Zulu Nation, UTFO, Fearless Four, Raven Symone and more. 'We look forward to working with the Alliance member organizations and individual collectors who care about Hip Hop History & Culture, as we preserve this legacy for future generations,' stated Easy AD, HHHOF Museum Artifacts and Exhibits Coordinator.

The purpose of the Alliance and the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Preservation committee is to create a network to share information, to develop best industry practices and standards, and to encourage collaborations on archival and exhibition projects and collections that can be rotated inside the Museum. The HHHOF has fully embraced the 'collective collection' model posed by Katherine Reagan from Cornell University as a foundational principle. We want to ensure the correct use of resources with minimal duplication, and the development of Educational programming and curriculums through our permanent collections, exhibits, and galleries to thoroughly educate, entertain, inspire, and empower students and families from around the world utilizing Hip Hop Music & Arts Cultural history as the recurring theme. The HHHOF will also implement a strategy posed by Deborah Richardson from the Smithsonian to help students develop historical consciousness through our K-12 site tours to reach 25,000 kids annually in partnership with NYC Public Schools.

Our vision is to present historical timelines that tell the unique story of Hip Hop and its creation, influences, elements, and values, while also sharing its impact on the larger social, political, and economic landscape in America and around the World.

The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum & Entertainment Complex in Midtown Manhattan will include the Hall, Museum, Retail Gift Store, Sports Bar, Restaurant, Concert Lounge, Arcade, and TV Studios and serve an estimated 1,000,000 visitors, fans, tourists, and students annually. It will produce up to 300 jobs, internships, host 250 live events, and educational programs for people of all ages. The socio-economic impact in NYC is estimated over $350M annually.

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