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ヒップホップ発祥の地ブロンクスにユニバーサル・ヒップホップ・ミュージアム (UHHM) が誕生!


ありそうでなかったヒップホップのミュージアムがニューヨークのブロンクス、ヤンキー・スタジアムの西、149丁目 (65 E. 149th St.) に誕生することになりました。それに先駆けて今年12月ポップアップ・イベントが開催されます。

ニューヨーク市は、ブロンクスのハーレム川沿いの145丁目から149丁目の  全面積752,240平方フィートに、再開発プロジェクトの複合施設、「ブロンクス・ポイント」を建設することを発表しました。ショッピング・センター、映画館、子供博物館、レストラン、フードコート、ワークショップの他、市民のための高層住宅も建設されとのこと。この施設の中に、「ユニバーサル・ヒップホップ・ミュージアム (UHHM) 」がオープンするとのことです。

ラッパーの草分け、カーティス・ブロウ

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[Black History Month#1]ナズ, 「イルマティック」ライヴ、TV放映

Black History Month – 1
Nas Live from Kennedy Center

2月はブラック・ヒストリー・マンス、「黒人の歴史月間」です。

昨晩、PBS TV(日本のNHKにあたります)でラッパー、ナズの2014年にワシントンDCで開催された、「Illmatic」20周年記念ライヴが放映されました。それも、ナショナル交響楽団の生演奏つき、という豪華版です。オリジナル・レコーディングの哀愁漂うシンプルなビーツに比べ、厚みのあるシンフォニーをバックでラップするナズはまた格別。タキシード姿で登場したナズ、20年前の「イルマティック」アルバムと同じ曲順でパフォーマンスを繰り広げました。リアル・タイムで聴いていたあの頃が懐かしい………..。

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Emmis Announces International Expansion of HOT 97 Summer Jam America’s Largest Hip Hop Festival Goes Global: First Stop, Tokyo

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Mar 30, 2016, 11:13 ET from Emmis Communications

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Emmis объявляет о международной экспансии HOT 97 Летняя вечеринка (Summer Jam) Крупнейший Хип Хоп фестиваль Америки идет глобальный: первая остановка, Токио

hot-97-summer-jam-tokyo-1INDIANAPOLIS, March 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Emmis Communications (NASDAQ: EMMS) today announced that the world’s largest Hip Hop concert, HOT 97 Summer Jam on June 5, 2016 at MetLife Stadium, will expand internationally with the launch of HOT 97 Summer Jam Tokyo in July 2016.

Emmis has signed a multi-year license agreement with Avex Live Creative, Japan’s premiere entertainment production & management company, a division of Avex Group Holdings.  As part of this arrangement for Summer Jam Tokyo, Avex will also utilize Trevanna Entertainment, the production team behind Summer Jam at MetLife Stadium.

Kendrick-Lamar-640x360Now in its 23rd year, HOT 97 Summer Jam is a day-long, two-stage celebration of Hip Hop attracting more than 55,000 fans and the genre’s top names. Jay-Z, Wu-Tang Clan, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, and more have previously performed. The annual festival is famous for their surprise, unannounced musical guests.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“HOT 97 Summer Jam Tokyo reinforces the global awareness and significance of the HOT 97 brand and the groundbreaking DJs who play such an important role in breaking and cultivating hip hop’s top past, present and without question future performers,” said Patrick Walsh, President, Emmis Communications. “HOT 97 has a passionate following in Japan and hip hop is experiencing enormous growth in popularity among Japanese millennials. We look forward to working with our partners to deliver an authentic HOT 97 Summer Jam experience to the growing legion of Japanese hip hop fans and share the experience with our American listeners as we promote the groundbreaking event to our audience in New York and all over the United States.  Our goal is to add another significant event to a country so rich in history and culture.”

meek-mill-and-fabolous-hot-97-summer-jam-2014“I feel honored that we are able to bring HOT 97 Summer Jam, one of the world’s most reputable Hip Hop events, to Japan,” comments Katsumi Kuroiwa, CEO of ALC.  “The demand for internal action has been increasing in Japan, and as we approach the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, we expect to gain even more attention from the world.  With the waves of globalization approaching from many directions and the demands for new experiences continuously increasing, the fact that HOT 97 Summer Jam, which represents New York’s Hip Hop culture like nothing else, is coming to Tokyo demonstrates how extremely treasured music festivals are and just how worldly Hip Hop is.  This partnership will bring a taste of New York right into the center of Japanese art & music.”

chris-brown-2015-hot-97-summer-jam-05Summer Jam Tokyo will take place Friday, July 29, 2016 at Zepp Tokyo.  The line-up, which will include some of the hottest names in Hip Hop throughout the world including the biggest Hip Hop acts in Japan, will be announced at a later date.  For the most recent updates, including on-sale information, head to www.hot97summerjamtokyo.jp or follow Summer Jam: Tokyo on Facebook www.facebook.com/HOT97SummerJamTokyo

The Black Man Who Turned Down $500 Million For His Business

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Who would turn down a cool $500 million?

Well, 31 year old black entrepreneur Tristan Walker did just that! Walker, Stanford MBA turns down a half Billion dollar buy-out offer from Schick, Gillette and Procter & Gamble to keep his skin-care and grooming line Bevel black-owned.

Tristan WalkerTristan’s company, Walker & Co. Brands raised an amazing $24 Million dollars in funding recently from several high-profile names including Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Andre Iguodala and several others; to develop beauty products tailored to people of color. The company also unveiled a new deal with Target to sell its flagship razor product, Bevel, at select Target stores in the United States and online.

tristan-selfie-750xx5760-3246-0-285Who is Tristan Walker?

Tristan Walker, 31, the highest-profile African-American startup founder and CEO of Bevel, a black men’s shaving, skin care and grooming line. Walker’s hustle and charisma aren’t the only reasons for his fame. Venture capitalists, startup founders, and big-time CEOs like to brag that the tech business is a color-blind meritocracy, but their boasts don’t reflect the facts. In Silicon Valley, even in 2015, a visible, successful African-American is big news.

BevelRaised in a couple of the roughest neighborhoods of Queens in New York City, Walker was one of the 50% of black children in the U.S. who grow up in fatherless homes—his was shot and killed when Walker was only 4 years old. His mother, Bettie, worked two jobs, six days a week—as an administrative assistant at the New York Housing Authority from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., then at Time Warner Cable from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.—and enrolled Walker in an after-school program at the Boys Club of New York. In eighth grade, he tried out for a basketball team that played against a variety of prep schools around New England.

He didn’t make it, but one of the coaches knew that Walker was a straight-A student and suggested he take the SSAT and apply to one of the boarding schools the team played. He did, and one day found himself with a full scholarship to Hotchkiss, a prep athletic powerhouse perched aside Lake Wononscopomuc in Connecticut.

He calls his time there the “four most transformative years” of his life. Instead of navigating the shoals of New York City’s public school system, he went to a place where the average class had just 14 students. Computers and other technologies were plentiful and up-to-date, and classes are offered in AP statistics, microeconomics, and computer science, along with Java programming and robotics. “I got to see how the other half lived,” Walker says.

After graduating from Hotchkiss and then excelling at Stony Brook University in New York, Walker landed on Wall Street through SEO, an organization that offers training and internship programs to underrepresented minorities in business. He traded stock for Lehman Brothers and J.P. Morgan, and dreamed up any number of moneymaking schemes but nothing clicked. These were dark days for the Street.

Tristan-Walker - BevelWalker decided to try to develop his entrepreneurial skills at Stanford Business School. He was accepted just after losing his job in the first round of layoffs during the 2008 financial crisis. Coming from the literal depression of Wall Street, Walker was struck by the vibrant, inspiring environment of the Bay Area. “I thought it was the most amazing place in the world because there were other 24-year-olds not only making millions of dollars but also changing the world,” he says. “I knew I wanted to be a part of that.”

Bevel AdAfter stints at Twitter and Foursquare, designer-marketer Tristan Walker was invited by revered tech investor Ben Horowitz to become an Andreessen Horowitz entrepreneur in residence. While there, Walker cooked up the idea for a health and beauty brand for people of color, filling a long-decried gap in the market. The first brand under his Walker & Co. is Bevel, a shaving line with sleek, vintage-inspired products that combat razor burn, a particular problem for black men.

ben2_400x400Hip Hop Meets Silicon Valley

Co-Founder of Andreessen Horowitz, Ben Horowitz grew up listening to hip-hop and to this day remains an unabashed fan has become friends with some of hip-hop’s biggest stars. Nas is one of them. Horowitz introduced Nas to Walker.

Nas + Tristan“Well, upon meeting him I just thought he was a good guy, and when he presented it, it was already up and going. I felt, here’s a project I can be a part of, and I love what he wants to do. That was it,” Nas commented on Walker & Co and the Bevel shaving system. He also admitted he experienced the razor bump issue. “I saw this brand as something that helps with a problem that a lot of blacks have with our curly hair. This is something that a lot of us have been looking for,” Nas said.

Nas 1Against considerable odds, Walker is working to rewrite that playbook, even if his startup has a modest $9.3 million in funding. If Walker can build a world-changing business, he will serve as an extraordinary role model for younger African-Americans.