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A Celebration of Harlem Hip-Hop History, Co-sponsored by Columbia University,
Will Provide Historical and Cultural Linkages Through Discussion,
Artistic Exhibitions, and Creative Displays by Rap Pioneers

New York, NY May 14, 2005 On Thursday, May 19 and Friday, May 20, during Hip-Hop Appreciation Week, Global Artists Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of hip-hop history and culture, will present A Celebration of Harlem Hip-Hop History a free, interdisciplinary exploration of hip-hops roots in the Harlem community in conjunction with Columbia University and the Harlem Arts Alliance.

The event will take place at Columbia Universitys Alfred Lerner Hall and include a symposium exploring Harlems significance to present-day hip-hop as well as music demonstrations, artistic exhibitions, and a sneaker-painting competition, sponsored by Converse.

The program is as follows:

Thursday, May 19
Hip-Hop Symposium
Location: Columbia University; 115th Street & Bway; Alfred Lerner Hall; Satow Room; 5th fl.
6 p.m. 9 p.m.
M1 (Dead Prez), music artist and cultural activist
Michael A. Gonzales, journalist, author and cultural critic
Havelock Nelson, Billboard magazines first rap columnist
Eddy Petit, scholar and artist
Paul Winley, pioneering rap music producer
Moderator: Dowoti Desir, activist, journalist, professor, Brooklyn College/CUNY

Friday, May 20
Exhibitions and Displays
Location: Columbia University, Alfred Lerner Hall, Satow Room, Basement, 115th Street & Bway.
1 p.m. 5 p.m. Converse Sneaker Art Battle
Emerging artists will use graffiti and illustrative art skills to creatively tag plain white sneakers. The winning design will be featured on a limited-edition Converse sneaker.

1 p.m. 5 p.m. Exhibition of Rare Hip-Hop Handbills and Classic Period Photography
The Hip-Hop party handbill was the first form of street marketing in the late 70s/early 80s. These particular handbills are a part of a collection on permanent exhibit at the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Photography from Jamal Shabazzs book Back In the Day will also be displayed.

1 p.m. 2 p.m. True School: Rap as a Teaching Tool
Master mix tape blender Silva Sir-Fa drops science about how rap can be used to help students become more open to learning math, grammar and spelling.

2 p.m. 3 p.m. Presentation of Original Break beats by DJ Neil Armstrong
Break beats are the rhythmic foundation of hip-hop music. This crowd-pleasing mix tape magician will cut and mix seminal sample-spotting musical tracks.

3 p.m. 4 p.m. Demonstration of Scratch Techniques by Grand Wizzard Theodore
The acknowledged inventor of turntable scratching and the needle drop, will illustrate his groundbreaking techniques.

A Celebration of Harlem Hip-Hop History is the second interdisciplinary initiative presented by Global Artists Coalition. The first event at Miamis Para Deisos Design Center last May attracted 8,000 attendees and showcased such icons as Doug E. Fresh and Biz Markie.

The Global Artists Coalition is a 501C3 nonprofit multicultural arts organization that provides emerging artists with the support services and programs they need to build successful, sustainable careers. GAC works in conjunction with other related organizations to raise awareness dispel myths and effect positive change across communities, ethnicities and countries by promoting cultural exchange and free artistic _expression.

For more information about the Global Artists Coalition and previous events, please visit our website at www.GACNY.COM or www.globalartistscoalition.org.

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