Today in Hip Hop History

Kool Herc

Father of Hip Hop”

 KoolHercHip Hop is the voice of this generation. Even if you didn’t grow up in the Bronx in the 70’s, Hip Hop is there for you. It has become a powerful force. Hip Hop binds all of these people,all of these nationalities, all over the world together- Kool Herc!
Kool Herc is credit for extending the Break of the Beat the Get down section of the song by using two copies of the same Records. He played Old Funk, Soul and R&B as well as Reggae. The Break Beat laid the foundation for the Bboy’s (Break Dancers).


On August 11, 1973, Kool Herc hosted a Back To School Jam at 1520 Sedgwick Ave “Rec Room from 9:00pm through 4:00am. Ladies $.25 Cent and Fella $.50 Cent. This event is credit for being the beginning of Hip Hop Culture. Kool-Herc-2

 Kool Herc went on Djing at Parties, Block Parties and House Parties with his huge PA system gathering all to enjoy his festivities. Becoming the first Hip Hop Deejay and starting a movement for Bboys/ Bgirl and Hip Hop itself, Herc is still a living legend and still enjoy going to Hip Hop events. 




Hip Hop Education 4 Youth Fundraiser



Hip Hop Education 4 Youth is a Educational Based Program that uses elements in Hip Hop to focus on trouble youth who struggles Socially and Emotionally and dealing with passed trauma in their lives. Partnering with the After-School and Community program in the Harrisburg Area to work with the teens in hoping to keep them in a safe environment, created projects to allow them to express themselves through the culture of Hip Hop.

HHE4Y mission is to used Hip Hop as a way to improve behavior, learn to socialized through proper communication and enhance problem solving ,disputes and anger management through prevention and control.

Goal: (Our 7 main goals)
Preserving the foundation and Purpose of Hip Hop Ideology.
using Hip Hop as a way to express themselves through Dance, Music and Art.
Decreased Youth going in and out of the Juvenile Center.
Learning and Understanding Self-Worth and Opinion matters.
Listen and comprehend to identify the problem and Solving.
Learning to defused the Anger before it escalate.
Identify the problem and hold self accountable.

Donated to HHE4Y:
Christine Strickland-Cobb (Harrisburg Pennsylvania)
Michelle Anthony (Harrisburg Pennsylvania)
Amanda Isley (Harrisburg Pennsylvania)
Alisha Glenn (Harrisburg Pennsylvania)
Suzanne Martinez (Duncannon Pennsylvania)
Terell Mosbley (Harrisburg Pennsylvania)
Craig Andrus (Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania)
Dj Craig Andrus: /Email
Bryan Wentz( Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania)

Special Thanks to Holistic Heights Ministries for donating to Hip Hop Education 4 Youth

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Kool Dj Red Alert return to the Airways

Every Saturday from 6:00pm -7:00pm on WBLS New York City
If you live out of the New York City Tri-State
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On September 12,2016, Kool Dj Red Alert will launch his website.


Hip Hop Against Violence 2016-17


We are preparing for the 2016 HIP HOP AGAINST VIOLENCE School Tour Seminar and Workshop for 2016-17 School Year.

This year event Theme is Hip Hop Education and Mental Heath in the Inner-City community.
This year Topics will include:
-Importance of merging Hip Hop and Education
-Mental Health/ Counseling Service for our Youth and Families
-Anger Management/ Behavior Modification
-Guns Control and Violences
and Performances
We are looking forward for your support as we work towards Ending the Violence in our Community, Music Culture, and Youth/Teens.







Today in Hip Hop History


Yo MTV Raps

August 6 1988-August 17, 1995


Created by Ted Demme and Peter Dougherty on August 6, 1988 Hip Hop went on a Cable network. Giving the world the image of the true culture of Hip Hop and the Emcees from the East, West ,Midwest and Down south Artist. The Show consisted of Interviews, Performance and showing of Music Videos. The Host of the show was Ed Lover and Dr. Dre on Weekends Fab 5 Freddy. On August 17, 1995 the series ended with an amazing performance by many of the Hip Hop Artist. Today Yo MTV would had been 26 years old.


Ted Demme and Peter Dougherty

I would get into daily debates about who are the illest Emcees alive, I had my opinion and being the only female in this debate with Sean Brown, Marcus Blackstone, Late Mike Black, Frankie Holmes, Dj Smitty and the late Dj Ron Ski we would argue for hours outside the School, basement parties or just a good ole cypher battle on lyrics, Skills and Rhymes. After School I would rush home to do my homework and prepared to watch Yo MTV Raps which it aired couple days a week from 4:00pm-5:00pm and prepare myself for the Hip Hop Debate the next day. I remember watching the interview and performance on Eric B and Rakim becoming a diehard fan going back to school the next day pleading my case and of course the argument wasn’t debatable because others felt the same way.

Yo MTV Raps displayed the most incredible emcees of all time. Giving the viewers who weren’t able to get Hip Hop Music and visual directly. In Harrisburg Pennsylvania, WIZZfm was the first Black Radio station in the 80’s and by Late 80’s it went off air and the listeners was subjected to a radio station called Wink 104fm that played Pop, Rock, and Country for a city that is made up of 70% African-Americans. MTV aired on the Cable Channel 27 in Harrisburg which it gave many listeners an outlet and visual of the Hip Hop Artist and Music videos.

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Ed Lover and Dr. Dre                                                                                  Fab 5 Freddy

Check out some of the video of YO MTV RAPS

Hip Hop Word Building Lesson

“Hip Hop Culture” in Many Words
Lesson Plan By :Michele Hairston ©2015
Hip Hop Educator/ Historian

Target Group:
Grades: 3rd -5th / 6th-8th
Group of 5 (15 or more students)
School District/ After School Program
Time: 50 Minutes

Material Needed:
-Lined Writing Paper
-Chalk Board
-Poster Board
Special Treat/Incentive

Objective :
-Using words building to elevate the mind of your students.
-Thinking Skills and using Word Building as apart of Hip Hop/Education and Words Fundamental.
-The Philosophy of Hip Hop and History.
-Recognizing its main 5 Elements of Hip Hop.
-Discuss the Demographic of Hip Hop History.

– Understanding Hip Hop is a Educational Movement.
– Social /Communication Skills and Team work using Hip Hop Education.
– Enhancement on Writing, Spelling . Pronunciation and Reading Skills using Hip Hop Education.

1.What is Hip Hop Culture?
2.Who is the Founder of Hip Hop?
3.Discuss the different era’s in Hip Hop.
4.What are the Main 5 Elements? Aerosol/ Writing (Graffiti), Dj, Breaking, Emcee, Knowledge.

-Asked your students which Element of Hip Hop is more popular?
-Discuss the Positive, Negative, Social Issue in the Music, Culture and Media.
-Asked each student to give you (5) Positive words to defined “HIP HOP CULTURE”.

1.Place your students in groups of 3-5 depending how many students you have in your classroom.
2.Select a writer and a group leader in charge of the project to help direct His/ Her peers.
3 Give your students the instruction of the project make sure they comprehend the lesson well.
4.Start the timer at 3:00 minutes.
5.Once 3:00 Minutes is up have your student to raise their hands with their pencil showing no one isn’t cheating.
6.Each group will walk in front of the classroom together saying each word on their paper.
7. Have each writer to count how many words they have on their paper.
8.Once the numbers are tally up have each group to use Good Sportsmanship to congratulate the winning group on their Achievement.

How challenging was the lesson?
How well your team mates used their communication Skills and Team Work for this project to be successful?
Give me 5 Words that describes Hip Hop Culture from the Project.

MicheleHairston ©2015



Photo©2016 Hip Hop Education 4 Youth 

The Hip Hop Against Violence showcase Artist and Activist who are taking a stand to “Stop The Violence” and using Hip Hop as a tool to bridge the gap ,unified the Community, Schools, Educators through Assemblies Performances, Lectures and Workshop.

HHAV was founded in 2006 by Michele Hairston ,the first Hip Hop Educator and Historian in Harrisburg Pennsylvania. Ms. Hairston (Founder) notices the youth lack the ability to communicate through Positive Social Skills and Problem Solving. Over the years the Children and Youth behavior have become more Aggressive and Violent towards their peers. Most of the youth behavioral Problem stems from Lack of Social Skills, Poverty, Poor Educational Background, and Abused.

Hip Hop was founded on intervention and an educational resource to Stoping the Violences and Unifying gangs. Hip Hop Artist and Pioneers still intervene and help many of Disadvantage Youth throughout their Community, Schools and After-School Programs.

In 2008 the HHAV merge with the Jam Master Jay Foundation 4 Youth and Embracing A.R.M.S. both are 501c3 to expand the movement.

The Jam Master Jay Foundation for Youth, Inc. is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization, Co-founded by Connie Mizell-Perry and Marvin Thompson, the mother and brother of the late hip hop legend, The Jam Master Jay Foundation for Youth continues Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell’s legacy of creating and supporting educational and economic opportunities for youth and young adults from ages 6 – 21, and honours Mizell’s many contributions to hip hop culture and music history.

Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell (1965 – 2002) was a legendary hip hop DJ, a gifted musicians and music producer, an entrepreneur, a community activist, a philanthropist, and the greatest DJ in music history. In the 80s, during the height of his career and during the dawn of a new era of technology, Jam Master Jay’s use of the record turntable as a musical instrument forever established the DJ’s role as an integral member of the band.

A self-taught DJ, Jam Master Jay’s creative genius as an artist, turntablist, and producer set standards of innovation and excellence in the music industry that remain unmatched, inspiring millions to become DJs and music producers.

During his illustrious career, Jam Master Jay and his ground-breaking, Grammy Award-winning group RUN-DMC Saturday Night Live became hip hop pioneers, saturating popular culture while staying connected to urban America. RUN-DMC was the first hip-hop group to perform on NBC’s Saturday Night Live; the first to grace the cover of Rolling Stone magazine; the only hip hop act to perform at LIVE AID; and the first to receive a product endorsement deal (Adidas).

Embracing ARMS, Inc. is a non profit organization established in 2005 by Dr, Danielle Hairston-Green who shared a passion for community development, social change, youth leadership and parent empowerment. Embracing Arms mission is to embrace the community by sharing knowledge, empowering our families, and implementing programs that can have a long lasting impact of the lives of our participants. Our vision is to empower families to take charge of their health, education and safety within the community in which they live.