One time for hip-hop!
Not only will the music genre have its very own day, but on Monday (August 2), the U.S Senate declared that November 2021 will be considered “Hip Hop History Month.”
Since its initiation on August 11, 1973, hip-hop has continued to wow the world. And to think, critics said would never last.
Now, August 11 is the official “Hip Hop Celebration Day” to commemorate the “Back To School Jam” organized by DJ Kool Herc (Clive Campbell) and his sister Cindy Campbell. Hip Hop was birthed in the Bronx, New York when DJ Kool Herc first introduced his flavor of disc jockeying and rap.
For decades, hip-hop has influenced and shaped generations of Americans. Its style continues to be the blueprint all across the globe.
From the infusion into sports to serving as an outlet for Black Americans to share their joys and pain, hip-hop is bigger than music. It has become a movement.
The U.S. Senate passed the new bill, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Bill Cassidy (R-LA.) and Alex Padilla (D. Calif.), unanimously. The resolution states that hip-hop is a genre that “transcend[s] many different ages, ethnicities, religions, locations, political affiliations, and socioeconomic statuses, which demonstrates the melting-pot quality of Hip Hop art and culture.”
Because this is a simple resolution, the bill did not need House approval, nor require the President’s signature. Now get ready for some state-sponsored celebrations and activities that honor the influence hip-hop has had on the world.
Will you be celebrating hip-hop on August 11?