Welcome To The Birthplace Of Hip-Hop
Hip Hop first emerged in the South Bronx in the early 1970s. The New York Times has identified 1520 Sedgwick Avenue as the starting point for Hip-Hop and rap music worldwide. It's where DJ Kool Herc presided over parties in the basement community room. Beginning with the advent of beat match DJing, in which Bronx DJs including Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa and DJ Kool Herc extended the breaks of funk records, a major new musical genre emerged that sought to isolate the percussion breaks of hit funk, disco and soul songs. As hip hop's popularity grew, performers began speaking ("rapping") in sync with the beats, and became known as MCs or emcees.
The Herculoids, made up of Herc, Coke La Rock, and Clark Kent, were the earliest to gain major fame. The Bronx is referred to in hip-hop slang as "The Boogie Down Bronx", or just "The Boogie Down". This was hip-hop pioneer KRS-One's inspiration for his thought provoking group BDP, or Boogie Down Productions, which included DJ Scott La Rock.
WHAT IS SUCCESS?
by Zulu Akhi MK-1
To be successful we must first understand that we are already great. No matter what you think of yourself right now, know that you are great. You have been born into this world in the image of God. God is great, God is the greatest and God is embedded in each and every one of you. The Key to true success is unlocking that greatness God has graced you with.
Although we are all made in the image of God the vast majority of us measures success in a different way. Some measure it by how much money or material goods we possess. Others measure it by their career choices.
UZN, in coop. with Amnesty International, launches a new organization.
Bronx, NY – April 1st 2010
– The Universal Zulu Nation, with assistance from international watch dog Amnesty International, has announced the successful formation of a new not-for-profit organization whose stated goal will be to "serve as an institutional clearinghouse for independent artists and consumers of hip-hop music and culture". The organization, which has yet to decide on a formal name, will be domiciled in the state of New York with a home office in Harlem and satellite offices in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Tokyo and Havana. During the press conference Afrika Bambaataa was quoted as saying "Greetings children of Earth. I, Afrika Bambaataa, with the new millennium in mind, have worked long and hard to bring forth a renewed faith in factology".
The organization will work together with lawyers from Amnesty International to develop a sound rating system for labels, publications and all other organizations who seek to prove their independence from corporate interests and to prove their historical knowledge and breadth of experience with respect to performance arts. Fans and other stakeholders will now be able to know, with a high degree of certainty, whether or not that lyric about cheeseburgers and fries was indeed a secret product placement. Advertising of any form in all types of media will need to be disclosed. Including, but not limited to, musical recordings, video recordings, personal consumption habits and tattoos. To celebrate the new organization The Universal Zulu Nation and Amnesty International will be sponsoring a two day event in Havana, Cuba. Scheduled for April 20th, 2010. Read the full press release over @ Hip-HopClearingHouse.com
TODAY!! 4/20/10 THE FORMATION OF A SUPREME HIP HOP COUNCIL
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: HIP HOP PIONEER DINNER DISCUSSES THE FORMATION OF A SUPREME HIP HOP COUNCIL
NEW YORK-APRIL 20TH 2010 - The Temple of Hip Hop in association with the Universal Zulu Nation is hosting the first in a series of open discussions regarding Hip Hop and its cultural preservation today. Summarizing the event KRS One wrote: "The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the formation of a supreme Hip Hop council entrusted to govern the proper handling of Hip Hop's cultural resources. As Hip Hop's culture keepers, when we say that we are 'preserving Hip Hop', we must realize that we are preserving actual people with actual ideas. The methodology used to preserve real people and their original ideas is much different from the methodology used to preserve products, objects and artifacts"
Rather than blessing one another, let's send wishes of bliss!
The following is a message from ZuluStaff:
IN THE NAME OF AMUN RA (ALLAH) KNOWLEDGE, CULTURE, OVERSTANDING DON'T BELIEVE US, RESEARCH IT YOURSELVES. BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU GOD BLESS SOMEONE OR SAY SO CALLED BLESSING CAUSE YOU COULD BE PUTTING A SPELL OF DEATH ON THAT ONE YOU BLESS. GO AND CHECK THE ETYMOLOGY AND ORIGINS OF THE WORD BLESS OR BLESSINGS.
The Nigger Syndrome
by C. Kenya Montgomery
There was an uproar from the Black community when Cincinnati Reds Baseball owner Marge Scott called two of her players her "million dollar niggers. The response from the Black community was the same when Orange County Councilman Joseph Kover called Comptroller H. Carl "a nigger from harlem" during a meeting when McCall was in attendance. Keith Dambrot, basketball coach at Central Michigan University, was recently fired for telling his players: " I wish we had more niggers on the team."