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The First Ever Global Hip Hop Day Takes Place This Week In The Bronx

Global Hip Hop Day will be taking place on June 8 as a joint effort from the City of NY, the office of The Bronx Borough President and HOT 97.

NEW YORK CITY—Global Hip Hop Day will be taking place on June 8 as a joint effort from the City of New York, the office of The Bronx Borough President and HOT 97.


The event will kick off with an official proclamation ceremony and the unveiling of Hip Hop Blvd (at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue) in The Bronx–the birthplace of hip-hop and home of the legend, Kool Herc, the man credited for originating hip-hop music.

The proclamation ceremony and unveiling of Hip Hop Blvd will be followed by a block party in Cedar Park, all of which are free and open to the public.

Along with Kool Herc, a long list of hip-hop's pioneers, veterans and new stars are expected to be in attendance—from DJ Scratch, to DJ Chuck Chillout, DJ Red Alert, Grandmaster Caz, Funk Flex, DJ Kast One, DJ Enuff, DJ Camilo, D-Nice, Kid Capri, Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, The Lox, Cardi B, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, French Montana and more.

Global Hip Hop day will also be hosting an invite-only industry conversation which will feature a keynote speech by industry veteran Kevin Liles.

The Industry Conversation will bring together some of "hip hop’s biggest deal makers to discuss the convergence of hip hop and commerce," GHHD writes.

It will feature a panel discussion, moderated by Hot 97's Ebro, between the likes of Raquel Delgado, Rob Stone, Joey Bada$$, and OkayAfrica's own Abiola Oke.

Stream our Global Hip Hop playlist, in celebration of the day, below.

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1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Landing in Marrakech is 2018's Most Anticipated Art Event

The leading art fair dedicated to contemporary African art makes its mark on the continent for the first time this weekend.

This weekend, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the leading art fair devoted to contemporary African art, will debut in Marrakech, Morocco. The announcement of the Fair's expansion to the continent last year has left aficionados of contemporary African art in eager anticipation of this "homecoming"—this author included.

1-54 debuted in London in 2013. Although an expansion to New York followed, a presence on the continent was always part of the long-term vision of the founder Touria El Glaoui. Finally, the time has now arrived.

Here are five reasons why we're looking forward to 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Marrakech.

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This Olympic Figure Skater Blew Us Away Again By Pulling Off a Costume Change Mid-Routine

First Maé-Bérénice Méité performed to Beyoncé, now she's effortlessly slaying outfit changes mid-routine. What can't she do?

French-Congolese and Ivorian figure skater, Maé-Bérénice Méité, has pretty much been the life of the Winter Olympic figure skating competition.

Earlier this month, the athlete had the internet shook when she performed her opening routine to two Beyoncé songs. Now she's back with even more black girl magic.

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10 Stand Out Moments From Janelle Monáe's Powerful Music Videos

Janelle Monae came back making a statement—and we're just as obsessed as you are.

We've got to talk about Janelle Monáe.

Over the past half decade, she's embarked on a profound journey that's solidified her as an artist, creator and activist who isn't afraid to shoot down the stars—or shoot with them.

After having roles in Hidden Figures and Moonlight—two Oscar nominated movies where one won an Oscar, a stellar speech at the Grammy's and a stunning presence at the Black Panther red carpet, she's ready to grace us with "Dirty Computer," the latest musical venture in her Afrofuturistic saga.

To whet our appetites before the album, which is set to release on April 27, Janelle dropped not one but two music videos yesterday. Both are distinctly entertaining: one is a black, intersectional feminist anthem and the other a psychedelic soundtrack of sexual fluidity.

Watch both, then read some of the highlights we gathered from the hypnotizing visuals and powerful wordplay.

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