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The Teacha Teaches

Jun 13, 2008 9:24 AM | 0 comments

In case you didn’t hear, hip-hop legend KRS-One stopped by Central Library last Thursday to help us kick off our Summer Reading Program. “The Teacha” lived up to his namesake by telling his story of battling homelessness as a teenager and using the Brooklyn Public Library to educate and empower himself.

KRS-One isn’t the only giant of hip-hop visiting Central Library’s front steps this summer. Head over to Central Library this Saturday, June 14 at 2 PM and bust a move with hip-hop pioneer DJ Kool Herc. Here’s a YouTube video we found about the early days of hip-hop and the merry-go-round DJ style Kool Herc invented.

Joining Kool Herc on the Plaza this Saturday is Little Jackie, who blends old-school R&B with hip-hop and pop.


See you on the dance floor.

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Brown Sugar

Jun 9, 2008 11:07 AM | 0 comments

For all of my hip hop heavies out there, I’m sure you can remember, most, if not all, of the lyrics to the Sugarhill Gang’s 1979 banger, Rappers Delight. You probably get a warm feeling and a kid-like smile when you hear the 1986 RUN-DMC hit Walk This Way featuring Aerosmith. KRS-ONE’s 1987 anthem The Bridge is Over can most certainly make you bop your head ever so aggressively as you proclaim Manhattan keeps on makin it and Brooklyn keeps on takin it.

Hip hop for some is a genre of music, for others it’s a style of dressing, but all can agree that hip-hop is a way of life. A culture that was born in NYC back in the late 70’s as means of entertainment and way to marry beats, sounds, and urban word play.

So for all of my lyrical wordsmiths out there that love hip hop and for those wishing to learn more… Step into a world, where hip-hop is real!  Find out more about the history of hip hop at your neighborhood library.

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Brooklyn Gets Real

Jun 6, 2008 9:42 AM | 1 comment

The news we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived. After weeks of rampant speculation, the Daily News reported on Sunday that the 21st season of MTV’s The Real World will be filmed this summer in…wait for it…Fort Greene. The location is the BellTel Lofts on Bridge Street (see picture). Watch a promotional video of the building on Gawker.


It seemed like Williamsburg was the natural fit for the show, and the hipster nabe emerged as the early favorite. The Free Williamsburg blog even created a fake (and funny) preview of the cast. The owner of the winning BellTel lofts, however, thinks “Williamsburg is a story that is three years old.” We disagree, and after much digging uncovered a more recent story about Williamsburg. Read it here.


Now that the selection drama is over, it’s time to focus on the “real” drama of the show. Think you’ve got what it takes to be the next reality TV star? Check out Matthew Robinson’s How to Get on Reality TV. If you’re escaping the spotlight and heading to the beach instead, bring along Shane Bolks’ breezy novel Reality TV Bites, whose protagonist is—what else?—a reality show junkie.


See you on TV.

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You Must Learn!

Jun 4, 2008 11:44 AM | 0 comments

Knowledge will most certainly reign supreme this Thursday at Central Library. Brooklyn Public Library along with legendary lyricist, KRS-ONE will officially host the kickoff of the annual Summer Reading Program with free, fun-filled family events at BPL’s Central library

Catch the reading bug with KRS-ONE as he uses the power of hip hop and the strength of personal triumph to discuss the importance of reading. At 11:30 AM fans old and young can assemble on the Plaza as the rap legend will share his personal story and how his passion for knowledge has shaped his career. And for all of you ol’ school hip hop heads out there, the Knowledgeable One will also spit some bars from his hit You Must Learn off his 1989 album The Blueprint of Hip Hop. If you’re a real fan, you won’t want to miss the chance to meet KRS-ONE and get his autograph.

It all goes down on the Plaza on Thursday the 5th -- catch the bug before it’s gone!

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Storm the Plaza

Jun 2, 2008 4:48 PM | 0 comments

Quiet summers are great. But, wouldn’t you rather make some noise at an outdoor concert? Don’t miss the chance to do it…at your library?


It’s true. This month, Central Library’s Free Outdoor Concert Series takes the Plaza by storm once again. On June 7 at 2 PM, enjoy some Latin flavor. Folklore Urbano is a 12-piece ensemble that synthesizes jazz with Colombian folkloric music. Check out music from their first two albums. The Mariachi Academy of New York is dedicated to mariachi, Mexican folk-derived music with passionate vocals, violins and different types of guitar.


Then on June 14 at 2 PM, kick it old school. DJ Kool Herc has been credited as the creator of hip-hop. As a DJ in the 1970s, he took on the then-unique style of break-beat DJ-ing—using two turntables to switch from one beat to another. He is joined by Little Jackie, who blends an old-school R&B sound with a quirky hybrid of hip-hop and pop. Check out her sound.

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