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The Hip-Hop Advocate #8: Curated stories of hip-hop innovation, inspiration & insight [10/22/17]

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I've been independently covering New York-area hip-hop music and culture for almost ten years. Workin
 
October 22 · Issue #8 · View online
The Hip-Hop Advocate Newsletter
I’ve been independently covering New York-area hip-hop music and culture for almost ten years. Working on the Center for Hip-Hop Advocacy, and this newsletter, I get to pay more attention to great things in hip-hop from around the world, but NYC is still my stomping ground.
I didn’t know Voodoo Ray personally, but I have seen him. I have been to his events, and I know a ton of people who knew him well. Their heartfelt reactions to his unexpected passing – an emotional outpouring of personal statements spread through social media – were all the testimonials needed to show how influential and enjoyable he was, and how much he will be missed.
We often talk about how gentrification, venue closures and rising rents are destroying New York’s soul. 
In truth, it’s people like Voodoo Ray who ARE the soul of New York. That kind of loss is what truly shakes the soul of the city. Luckily, Voodoo Ray’s influence remains, through his close friends, partners and the denizens of the NYC nightlife he helped energize.
Salute to the life and legacy of Raymond Ultarte. Long live Voodoo Ray.
  – Manny Faces, Founder & Exec. Director, The Center for Hip-Hop Advocacy

LOOK AT ME!
Barack Obama Chooses Kehinde Wiley to Paint Official Presidential Portrait
(NOT) POLITICS AS USUAL
Russia Recruited YouTubers to Bash ‘Racist B*tch’ Hillary Clinton Over Rap Beats
STOP, LOOK, LISTEN
Watch The Roots and The Dallas POPS Orchestra's 'Night of Symphonic Hip-Hop' Concert in Full
This Podcast Host Is Spending Hundreds of Hours to Dissect the Genius of Kanye West
These handmade flyers from the earliest days of hip-hop advertise parties with rap’s biggest names
GET YOUR MIND RIGHT
Lil Jon Helped Fund a New Primary School In Ghana
Music Matters: Today's Future Sound
Hip-Hop as Therapy: The Healing Qualities of Rap
Real Good You Guys: Nerdcore Hip-Hop
WE THE PEOPLE
Nicki Minaj, Always in Control
an in-depth conversation with kendrick lamar
Why Queer Buddhist Rapper Nitty Scott Is Catching Everyone's Attention, Including Cardi B
BEEN AROUND THE WORLD
Gabon's political force is its thriving hip-hop scene
WHEN THEY REMINISCE OVER YOU
Hip-Hop Reacts to Death of New York City Dance Legend Voodoo Ray
Dave Bry, Author and Former Editor at Vibe, XXL and Spin, Dies at 46
WHERE YA AT? - UPCOMING EVENTS OF NOTE
5TH ELEMENT | Institute for Diversity in the Arts
Dr. Bettina L. Love to present "GET FREE: Creativity, Hip Hop Civics Ed, Intersectionality & Joy" Monday, Oct. 23
BREAKIN’ NEWS
Exonerated and Broke: The Struggle to Survive After Exoneration
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This week, New York City will celebrate the life and legacy of Voodoo Ray
This week, New York City will celebrate the life and legacy of Voodoo Ray
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