The Hip Hop Hall of Fame and Museum, “where Hip Hop culture and history lives,” has selected Harlem’s 125th Street to be the site of the major cultural addition to Manhattan’s skyline.
The museum will memorialize hip-hop culture and influence through its exhibits as well as teach valuable professional skills through its various classes and programs.
J.T. Thompson, founder of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame and Museum, said that the world is ready for this piece of history and the impact it will have on the community.
“The time has finally come where history will have a permanent home to build a foundation for history, education, knowledge, innovation and creativity for future generations to understand hip-hop’s origins, the elements and the struggle for socio-economic empowerment opportunities for young people and families around the world,” Thompson remarked.
The exhibits will present museumgoers with timelines that tell unique stories of hip-hop and its influence on culture, politics, fashion…etc. Hip Hop has become more than music; it is a culture.
The HHHOF museum is a chartered nonprofit. The Hip Hop Hall of Fame, Museum and Entertainment complex vision concept includes the hall of fame, museum, gift shops, arcade, TV studios, sports bars, restaurants and a concert lounge. According to a press release, the complex will produce permanent and part-time jobs and provide valuable internships and community volunteer opportunities to students. The end goal is to show people from around the world hip-hop’s culture and influence throughout the world.
“Harlem has a rich history of art and cultural contributions,” a rep from Dove Entertainment said in a written statement. (Dove is responsible for press and coordination of the hall.) The rep continued, “The Harlem Renaissance has influenced artists, poets, educators, politicians, entrepreneurs, entertainers and community leaders from New York City and throughout the world. Hip Hop music and culture will now join the legacy in Harlem.”
The space is dedicated to education. Through internships, field trips and classes within the facility, students will be trained by industry professionals and will graduate with an online e-commerce store. The courses are designed to teach skills in entrepreneurship, business management and job creation.
“All classes will include a ‘Life-Skill Module,’ teaching young people about personal development and financial literacy. The socio-economic impact in New York is estimated at over $350M annually,” said Dove Entertainment. The classes are designed to boost opportunities for the community.
The hall of fame is taking donations and giving donors a chance to be forever enshrined on the walls of the museum. Their picture and a 20-second video clip explaining their love of hip-hop or the Hall of Fame with be available for viewing in an exhibit entitled “the fan wall of fame." Fans and supporters will also receive a VIP 10% discount on all official merchandise, events and products.
The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum is scheduled to open its doors in 2019-2020