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The Hip-Hop Association Acquires VERBALISMS Magazine

Non-Profit to Add Bourgeoning Property to Its Expanding Media Initiative

August 1, 2005
New York, NY The Hip-Hop Association (H2A) has acquired VERBALISMS Magazine, the quarterly glossy print publication dedicated to women in Hip-Hop culture. The magazine acquisition, finalized in July of this year, was a first for H2A says Rolando Brown, Director of Brand Development. With VERBALISMS weve gained an additional opportunity to continue working directly with a group of our most important community members. Its with great pleasure that we support bringing balance to the culture so that we may successfully create positive ways to utilize its power.

Over the last three years H2A has been responsible for a series of community building, media, and education initiatives, including producing the internationally renowned H2O [Hip-Hop Odyssey] International Film Festival and the highly successful H2Ed [Hip-Hop Education] Summit. In 2004 alone both events garnered the support of over 5,000 Hip-Hop community members, including 144 varied educational organizations, and over 100 video/filmmakers.

VERBALISMS began as a monthly e-zine in 2002 and made its print debut in spring 2005 subsequent to an overwhelming international online readership. The magazine will move its offices from Chicago, IL to New York City, while its editor-in-chief and founder, Raquel Wilson, joins H2A as Director of Marketing and Retail Merchandising.

What H2A does to redirect Hip-Hop is in direct correlation to VERBALISMS mission, so moving under the umbrella of the Hip-Hop Association was a natural partnership, says Wilson.

The online edition of VERBALISMS will continue to be updated monthly while a new print edition is being readied for spring 2006.

As the only magazine about women in Hip-Hop, VERBALISMS provides an open avenue for conversations and debates on how women impact and are affected by the politics, revolutions and lifestyles of the culture. Each issue explores and unites the ideas and sources that shape the mainstream and underground movements of Hip-Hop. VERBALISMS is an irreverent, fresh perspective not found in any other lifestyle, culture or music magazine. For more information about VERBALISMS, please visit the website at www.verbalisms.com.

About the Hip-Hop Association (H2A)
Founded in March 2002, the Hip-Hop Association (H2A) was formed to facilitate, foster, and preserve Hip-Hop culture. Its mission is to use the culture as a tool to encourage critical thinking, social change and unity, while empowering communities through media, educational, and community building initiatives. For more information about H2A, please visit their website at www.hiphopassociation.org.

Maranda Moses
Tonic Media
Montreal, Quebec
t. 514.481.1689

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