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JULY is HIP HOP Heritage Month In Chicago!

On July 9, 2003 Chicago Hip Hop Heritage Month was adopted by the Chicago City Council. The initiative was introduced by one of Tha Movement University's BEST Chicago Alderman - Alderman Walter Burnett. Many thanks to this great man of Phi Beta Sigma for all his hard work down through the years. Alderman Burnett continues to fight for the poor and disadvantage. He continues to fight for ex-offenders relative to assisting them in living better lives as law abiding citizens.

Make no mistake about it, Hip Hop has changed the World for the better. Some may ask what is Hip Hop? Hip Hop is a genre of music linked too a culture founded by African Americans that promotes education, being cool, having swag, dressing sharp, working a job and being able to spit rhymes of poetry over a funky beat.

When you hear artists and groups like: Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Common, Salt-n-Pepa, LL Cool J, MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Kid 'N Play, Nas, TLC, BBD, Boyz II Men, Jodeci, Guy, Digital Underground, Jay Z, Eric B and Rakim, and some of Tupac and Biggie Smalls, etc., you are hearing the power and influence of Hip Hop. Hip Hop also sort of encompasses the New Jack Swing era. Hip Hop tells a story of overcoming the hood, it tells a story of consciousness over criminality and misogyny. Hip Hop lyrics and beats have been featured in fortune 500 companies (commericals). Hip Hop continues to change paradigms and shape cultures around the World.

Although African Americans invited Hip Hop the art form isn't exclusive to African Americans only. Hip Hop is a culture and religion for anyone within the World who desires to overcome systems of oppression. Last but not least... Hip Hop is ((NOT)) Gangster Rap...although some Gangster Rappers make Hip Hop music the art form itself is SEPARATE from Gangster Rap!

jim allen
Tha Movement University