Simmons Plans Hip-Hop Institute In New York

Rap mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS is teaming up with community leaders in New York to build a hip-hop institute, cultural centre and museum in Jamaica, Queens.

DEF JAM co-founder Simmons, along with CHARLES FISHER, founder of the HIP-HOP SUMMIT YOUTH COUNCIL and Senator MALCOLM SMITH came up with the idea for the institute.

Queens native Simmons says, "There's so much positivity and power in Queens and in hip-hop. We just need to water the good seeds."

Simmons says the plans for the proposed institute include exhibits, memorabilia, a community centre and classes on hip-hop.

In addition to Simmons, Queens has produced such rap industry stars as TRIBE CALLED QUEST, NAS, CAPONE-N-NOREAGA, AZ, LL COOL J, IRV GOTTI, JA RULE, RUN-DMC, 50 CENT and ONYX.

17/10/2003 08:54

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The "Basketball and Hip-Hop" culture fusion is being defined as The "Dunkadelic Era" In America, 1984-Present. The 5 following events in 1984 led to the birth of The "Dunkadelic Era."1. David Stern was announced as the 4th Commissioner of the NBA on February 1, 1984. Commissioner Stern has guided the NBA to global status.2. The NBA first introduced the Slam Dunk contest to the 1984 All-Star weekend gala. Larry Nance defeated the "Legend of Dunk" Julius "Dr. J" Erving to win the contest.3. Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin form Def Jam records. Kurtis Blow the hip-hop pioneer releases the hit rap song "Basketball" (after school I take a dip in the pool, it's really on the wall, I got a coler TV so I can see the Knicks play basketball). Def Jam remains today the most recognized hip-hop label in the industry.4. The "Fresh Fest" 27 stop tour featuring RUN-DMC, Whodini, Kurtis Blow, and the Fat Boys was the first major hip-hop concert tour in America.5. Michael Jordan was the 3rd pick of the Chicago Bulls during the 1984 NBA Draft. Jordan signs with Nike to produce the "Air Jordan" sneakers that became a symbol of fashion within the hip-hop culture.The "Dunkadelic Era" In America, 1984-Present
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