Q-Tip Named Head of Kennedy Center's Hip-Hop Culture Council

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Q-Tip has been named the artistic director the Kennedy Center's Hip-Hop Culture Council.

The Kennedy Center announced the inception the Council yesterday (March 6), saying that it "will serve to help the Kennedy Center create new pathways and deepen public knowledge Hip Hop, contribute to broader Center-wide initiatives, and strengthen the burgeoning Hip Hop Culture program at the Kennedy Center."

Q-Tip, who was named the first artistic director hip-hop culture back in March 2016, will serve as head the newly launched Hip-Hop Culture Council, and says the Council will reflect the many assets the hip-hop community.

“The Kennedy Center’s Hip Hop Culture Council reflects the creative, social, and intellectual wealth the Hip Hop community,” he said. “The members are the embodiment what we stand for and all that we aspire to achieve with the Hip Hop Culture program.”

Starting this spring, the Council will help develop work at the Center, with initial projects involving the council including a celebration the 35th anniversary the hip-hop classic film Wild Style, which feature a discussion hosted by Fab 5 Freddy and Grandmaster Caz. Additionally, August Greene (Common, Robert Glasper, Kariem Riggins) will come together for their first live public performance in the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall on March 29.

Founding members the Council also include Questlove, Common, 9th Wonder, Fab 5 Freddy, Mimi Valdés, Grandmaster Caz, and LL Cool J, who was honored by the Kennedy Center last year. 

 

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