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Q-Tip makes history at the Kennedy Center


THE KENNEDY Center for the Performing Arts has recently announced the creation of its hip-hop culture council, with rapper Q-Tip at the helm.

The council has been developed in efforts to bring more hip-hop-focused programming to the institution. Hip-hop culture will be examined through the lens of workshops, film screenings, panels, and virtual programs.

Q-Tip will spearhead the council which is made up of a collective of influential individuals that are connected to hip-hop. Amongst some of the individuals who will sit on the council are Questlove of The Roots, rapper Common, rapstress MC Lyte, producer Mimi Valdes, DJ Bobbito Garcia and Interactive One’s own Kierna Mayo. Rapper LL Cool J—who was honored by Kennedy Center last year—will also be a part of the council.

Speaking on the news, Simone Eccleston, Director of Hip Hop culture and contemporary music at the Kennedy Center said in a statement: “We are thrilled to be collaborating with such an extraordinary group of icons, innovators, and contributors to the Culture.

“As we continue to build the complex ecosystem that supports this program, the Council becomes an integral piece in sustaining Hip Hop’s presence at the Center.”

Find out more on the Kennedy Center's hip-hop council here

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