The California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) celebrated the 5oth anniversary of hip hop on Aug. 14, with a tribute to the West Coast pioneers, leaders and innovators who shaped the genre.
While the true value and impact of hip hop – culturally, monetarily, and globally – can never be adequately quantified, the best estimates place the number close to $20 billion. What began as a refuge for our society’s forsaken and largely ignored demographics has evolved into a marketplace where Black hip-hop culture is the top commodity that many from the culture are celebrating and profiting from. While no institution is perfect, hip hop has evolved to become a haven where Black people, including their culture and experiences, are elevated to a class all their own.
As Hip Hop celebrates fifty years of revolution and evolution, its birthplace in New York City’s Bronx represents the generational impact of this creative outlet. In its constant reinvention and influence, artists have addressed Black life's social, political, and economic strife in beautiful art forms. Luckily, at The Universal Hip Hop Museum in the Bronx, such artistry can be seen with your own eyes!
Raw Nation has long contributed to its artists' success through access and exposure, thus remaining vital to its entertainers, artists, dancers, and musicians to see their hopes and dreams come to life! With the insight of Eva Patterson, current CEO, this read will allow you to dive into the possibilities and progress this thriving business has contributed to the urban industry and creators of color around the world!
We met with award-winning Hollywood director, Gina Prince-Bythewood on the heels of the Academy Award’s decision to exclude The Woman King from this year’s nominations. Speaking on themes of identity, legacy, community, and honor - principles that have dominated her filmmaking career - Prince-Bythewood held nothing back.