MC Davy Jay, DJ Divine, DJ Casino, Livio G… These names may not be household names, but they represents artists one who paved the way for the likes of Jay Z, Kayne West and Kendrick Lamar. They are just a few of the Queens Hip Hop Pioneers featured in a photo exhibit curated by Queens Library’s Hip Hop Coordinator, VJ Ralph McDaniels. On Thursday, June 15 the St. Albans branch of the Queens Library hosted an opening day reception to welcome the exhibit to its new temporary home. McDaniels, Video Music Box’s VJ is a legend in his own right and was inducted into the Smithsonian African American Museum of History and Culture for his work. McDaniels’ has been documenting the story of Queens Hip Hop for the Library. That has included past conversations wi
How are you feeling? Are you or a loved one depressed or anxious? Would you know what to do or where to go for help? First Lady Chirlane McCray hosted a community conversation on the subject of mental illness and the Thrive NYC program. The goal was to connect individuals, and their loved ones, to services which help those affected by the disease. Thrive NYC is a collection of programs which offer help and support. One phone call to 888-NYC-WELL can start the process. Assistance is not just a phone call away, but many of the Thrive NYC programs are proactive and reach out to connect with those who might most be most in need. The ‘Respect for All’ program which extends care to students and their families is currently located in over 130 sc
On Sunday, January 17 the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Colden Auditorim presented a special Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration featuring BeBe Winans. In the hour prior to the start of the performance, there was a short program in which Borough President Melinda Katz presented the Service to the Community Award to Andrew Jackson, Executive Director of the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center. The majority of the hour’s program was given to Keynote Speaker, Reverend Dr. Floyd Flake, Senior Pastor Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York. Senator Charles Schumer also spoke during the hour. Both speeches reflected on King Day, Race, Unity and Service. While it is great to be reminded of those things, the speeches diverted attention from
Daymond John, founder of FUBU and star of reality TV show "Shark Tank", will visit with Queens Library's Hip-Hop Coordinator Ralph McDaniels on Thursday, April 28. Daymond John will be discussing his latest book, "The Power of Broke" and his experience growing up in Queens where his FUBU brand began. The Shark is the latest in a series of high-profile Hip Hop culture icons to sit with the famed Video Music Box DJ Ralph McDaniels as he charts the cultural originals for the Queens Library. Past icons included Darryl McDaniels, 'D' from Run-D.M.C, and KRS-One. The FUBU brand origins are in Southeast Queens and were a key component in defining the style of the rap culture. FUBU grew into an international six billion dollar brand and John has received over 35
The Queens Library presented the next installment in what is becoming its hip hop legends tour. Hip Hop Ambassador DJ Ralph McDaniel presented a conversation with Emcee and Hip Hop Scholar KRS-One. KRS-One, was born Lawrence “Krisna” Parker in Brooklyn NY. His stage name is an acronym for Knowledge Rules Supreme Over Nearly Everyone. He gained notoriety as part of Boogie Down Productions, a trio which included DJ. Scott La Rock and Derrick “D-Nice” Jones. His song the ‘Bridge is Over” sparked a battle surrounding the origins of Hip Hop, Bronx versus Queens, and placed battle records into the forefront of mainstream hip hop. His career continued to blend his unique style of hip hop and reggae beats with a black power and social injustice messages. KRS-One is most remembered for
On Sunday, January 17, the Queens Library will be presenting its Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. The celebration will include legendary R&B and Gospel artist Bebe Winans. The celebration will be held at Queens College's Kupferberg Center for the Arts. Tickets are priced at $35.