While some still argue that one race having it’s own dedicated month of recognition is a double edged sword. Black History Month has it’s disadvantages and advantages. Even in the culture of hip hop, we have come a long way from the days of Kool Herc to boardrooms of Roc Nation with our soon to be first billionaire rapper…..
Just like every other holiday, one can complain that commercialization and pop culture has taken away the true essence of what some holidays truly stand for. But is your glass half empty or half full? In my opinion, it’s not the responsibilty for our goverment or any other race of people to teach the world about our history. It is our responsibility to do so. And if they want to give the nation a month (28 days) to recognize the great achievements of African Americans then please drink your glass of water and be quiet. We”ll get the other 39 acres another day!
Here’s how Hip Hop celebrates Black History Month……
Music Choice celebrates Black History Month with a campaign to drive viewers to artists and music videos through an overarching celebratory African-American “I Am Black Music” theme.
Viewers will witness their favorite African American artists including Soulja Boy, Keri Hilson, and Ray J. describing themselves as “I AM” and how they relate to their music in a poetic, inspiring and empowering message.
RapFix and MTV News are embarking on a month-long series covering Black History and have tallied some stories in preparation of their coverage. In the series they will cover legendary southern MC Bun B’s teaching stint at Rice University, rappers Saigon and Talib Kweli among others visit with the MTV staff to discuss their favorite Black History leaders, remembering Malcolm X on the anniversary of his untimely passing and commemorating the great Rosa Parks’ birthday. This is just the surface of what RapFix and MTV News intend to provide so stay tuned for more.