Hip-Hop Education Center (HHEC) is celebrating Hip-Hop’s historic 50th anniversary through the powerful lens of filmmaking as it kicks off its 50 for 50 Film Series on August 31st, partnering with ImageNation’s Soul Train Tribute, InJoy Enterprises, Biz Markie’s Just A Friend Foundation, Mass Appeal and Showtime to host a free outdoor screening of “All Up In The Biz ” at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. The event will include free haircuts, beatboxing workshops, and a back-to-school drive, spearheaded by the Just A Friend Foundation. Preceding the screening will be performances from the legendary group The Last Poets (celebrating their 55th anniversary), The Hip-Hop Symphony, DJ’s, a Hip-Hop fashion show spanning the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s, and special proclamations to honor the Just A Friend Foundation and Biz Markie Day.
With its 50 for 50 Film Series, HHEC is partnering with filmmakers, non-profit organizations, cultural and educational institutions and festivals to screen 50 films from around the world to celebrate 50 years of Hip-Hop. This series will also commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Hip-Hop Odyssey (H2O) International Film Festival.
As a part of its commitment to catalyzing inclusivity and equity, HHEC will also organize insightful panel discussions, workshops, and interactive technology sessions with renowned artists and industry partners, providing a unique opportunity for attendees to engage directly with industry leaders.