*HARLEM, NY – The Official Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum in keeping with its previous announcement timelines has finally opened up its office headquarters in Harlem, New York and it includes a Youth Arts & Media Education Center in partnership with NYC based Thrive Collective, a non-profit focused on providing arts and mentoring programs for at-risk youth.
The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum and Thrive Collection have formed a long term partnership to make a long lasting impact in the lives of our youth and students in NYC public schools, communities, and universities by being the catalyst for bringing the Arts, Music, Media, and Sports programs and mentoring back into schools and in disadvantaged areas with our upcoming campaign.
The Arts & Media Education Center will include Visual Arts, TV/Film, Music Recording, Photography, and Dance Studios along with a live Performance Space, a Multi-Purpose Recreation and Meeting Room, Lounge Office Suites and a commercial kitchen for future Youth Culinary Arts instruction. Students from various school programs along with students from the Youth Opportunity Hub and its Community Partners will leverage this Center to deepen our outreach and partnerships throughout Harlem while also serving the Greater New York City community with valuable educational programming and activities from all of these art forms on behalf of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum and Thrive Collective.
The soft launch opening included Black Panther Award winning actor and NBC’s ‘This is Us’ star Sterling K. Brown who is spokesperson for The Clorox company who provided the initial grant sponsorship for remodeling the center space as part of their celebrating the ‘transformative power of clean’, where ‘clean is the beginning’ campaign which focuses on the importance of a clean and safe environment for children which highlights the extreme makeover that took place at the site with the help of 250 community volunteers during Dr. Martin Luther King Weekend ‘national day of service’ to now become a beacon of light, hope, service, and empowerment for youth and students.
“Being someone who is an artist myself, I recognize the importance of arts in a child’s development,” says Sterling K. Brown at the opening. “The ability to give free range to an individual’s imagination, to have your perspective of the world validated and to give space for that level of creation to transpire — nothing is more important as far as I’m concerned.”
The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum makes history again with its Thrive Collective partners by championing support for the inclusive message of #HipHopEd funding and programs worldwide, as “USA City’s reductions in arts education funding have fallen disproportionately on the lower income neighborhoods,” according to NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer.
“We are establishing corporate partnerships to have the various studios completed over the next few months and schedule a public grand opening event as the first classes are set to begin. The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum’s Arts & Media Academy and Thrive Collective programs is where students will be training for careers in digital media, tech, photography, and music while producing real-life content for the museum, and the hip hop television channel network’, stated JT Thompson the Creator and Executive Producer of the first ever trademark Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards TV show that aired on BET Network in the 1990s, and the Founder of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame + Museum.
The Hip Hop Hall of Fame + Museum is Chartered non-profit 501 (c)3 Museum and Educational Institution whose mission is to Preserve, Archive, Exhibit, Educate, and Showcase Hip Hop Music & Culture from around the world. To also conduct Research and Studies documenting hip-hop’s historical influence on American Pop Culture and its Socio-Economic Impact on Societies and Trends around the world. Fans can support the HHHOF by getting a VIP Membership at http://hiphophof.org with special benefits, and also have their name and
likeness in our real ‘Fan Wall of Fame’ Interactive Exhibit in the museum. They can also support the new Go Fund Me campaign next month for the youth arts & media classes and equipment at https://www.gofundme.com/hiphophalloffameyouthartscenter.
Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum Needs Final $15M to Break Ground in Harlem, NYC
The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum & Hotel Mega Retail-Entertainment Complex development coming to Harlem is seeking to raise the final $13.5M to complete phase 2 of the project to break ground in Harlem in early 2019 by completing its building site acquisition and the final museum and hotel development design & building construction permit process to open in late 2020. The 20 story building concept features the Hall of Fame, Museum, 5 Star Hotel, Residential Apartments, Retail Mall & Gift Shop, Arcade, TV Studios, Sports Bar, Restaurant & Concert Lounge with a goal of serving up to 1,000,000 local, national, and international visitors annually including music fans, tourists, students, culture enthusiasts, and families on educational & entertainment excursion tours. We will announce our world renown Architect on the project in the coming months.
‘This is a multi-generational once in a lifetime development project for hip hop music & culture history by owning its own land, and controlling its own design and construction, while owning and operating with partners the total development including museum, hotel, residential housing, retail mall, restaurants and live entertainment venue producing over 100 events annually and 1500 hours of content for the Hip Hop TV Network Channel is a historical turning point in America’, says creator-producer JT Thompson. All of these elements increase the overall sustainability of the Museum project and its ongoing operations with multiple attractions, and strategic investment partnerships.
What sets the Official Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum apart from any other competitors is that there will only be #1 branded Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum in the World we established long ago, and we promote healthy lifestyles & drug free zones messaging to kids and youth, plus we are owners who own, operate and control our whole development on the level of our real peer institutions the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame & Hotel, and the National African American Museum in Washington DC. Hip Hop music is now the world’s biggest selling and streaming genre that permeates in all facets of society.
For more information and interested partnership firms, and sponsors can contact JT Thompson or the HHHOF Team at [email protected] All fans and potential interns & volunteers can follow us at Official website http://hiphophof.org, Twitter http://twitter.com/hiphophof, FB http://facebook.com/hiphophalloffame, IG http://instagram.com/hiphophalloffamemuseum
About The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Founder JT Thompson
The Hip Hop Hall of Fame was Established in 1992 by Founder J.T. Thompson, who created and executive produced the first HHHOF Awards TV Show on the BET Cable Network in the 1990’s, as the first annual fundraising catalyst for the establishment of a Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum in New York City; modeled after the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Museum which produced 20 years of awards shows before eventually opening their Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. The Entrepreneur, Producer, and Community Advocate is a Brooklyn Born, Queens, Harlem, and Los Angeles raised Hip Hop Connoisseur, whose grand-uncle played with Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, and Benny Goodman, when African-Americans could not stay in or eat at the places they played, nor own their own music and publishing. He is an Honorably Discharged US Army Veteran (NY Post http://nypost.com/2016/02/19/after-24-years-this-army-vet-is-making-the- hip-hop-hall-of-fame-a-reality/ ), and former College Basketball Scholarship Student Athlete and Free Agent Professional. He entered the business as a concert promoter and television producer, as a guest of former MCA/Universal artists Pebbles, and the R&B Group the Deele, that featured multi-Grammy Award winning artists/producers/record executives L.A. Reid & BabyFace. He was founder partner of the LA Gang Truce Alliance in 1992 during the LA Riots and led the private and public development partnerships with RLA that later became empowerment zones. He has worked independently in every facet of an entertainment company including Music, Film, Television, and Sports by creating, and producing shows & concerts, talent casting, PR, marketing, advertising sales, distribution, retail management, and is the architect of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum & Entertainment Complex “Co-Branding” Business Strategy. His Development and Consulting Company Thompson International Professionals has different Real Estate projects in various stages of development. JT and the HHHOF has organized and participated in numerous events that included Jesse Jackson, NAACP, NCAA, HBCU’s, Mayor Tom Bradley, President Bill Clinton, Rev DR. EV Hill, National Baptist Convention, Ecumenical Alliance, LA Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Ice Cube, Ice T, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Kool Herc, Tyrese, Grandmaster Caz, Russell Simmons, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Master P, Sean Pdiddy Combs, Mark Pitts, Lil Kim, Baby Williams, Shaquille O’neal, Rakim, Biz Markie, SugarHill Gang, Roxanne Shante, Doug E Fresh, E-40, EPMD, YoYo, Eazy E, John Singleton, DJ Quik, Warren G, Kenny ‘DJ Lord Yoda X’ Syder, Rob Base, and many more.