Hip Hop Appreciation Week
Hip Hop Appreciation Week
by Aislid Quezada
This week marks the 25th anniversary of Hip Hop Appreciation Week. During this time, all Hip Hop enthusiasts are encouraged to show love to their ancestors, reflect on the culture and appreciate all elements of Hip Hop.
Origins of Hip Hop
This art form originated from African American and Latino communities in the Bronx, New York in the 1970s. With many people believing that the Hip Hop scene is only about rap music, it’s important to mention that it is so much more.
The history and evolution of Hip Hop gave way to DJs like Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa and others who helped develop the sounds and lyrical style of Hip hop. These pioneers helped build the foundation of a genre that is now a global phenomenon.
This year's focus for Hip Hop Appreciation Week is Emceein. The term “emcee” comes from the abbreviation M.C., referring to the Master of Ceremonies. They are often known for their mastery of words.
Our very own Loso Perez created some art to help spread awareness.
We believe Hip Hop is an important part of our culture. Through rhyme and rhythm, we can share stories and lessons that resonate with people from all walks of life. For over 40 years, Hip Hop has been a voice for many who have been silenced and a huge source of motivation for others to get through life.
Whether you are a lifelong fan or a newcomer to the scene, take this week to dive into the culture and learn more about the legacy of Hip Hop – because there is no denying its huge impact on the world as we know it.
Love and Kindness,
The Latinx Comic Arts Festival is the California Central Valley's celebration of Latinx comic arts creators and friends. This event was directed by Dr. Theresa Rojas. She is an artist and professor of English and Ethnic Studies at Modesto Junior College. This year this wonderful festival was hosted completely online. I had the honor to participate in a panel and also showcase new some art for their online gallery.
This festival featured an incredible assortment of panels. Some were prerecorded and others were steamed live. Topics ranged from Mesoamerican Comics, to feminism, Latina superheroes, storytelling across mediums, Latinidad, machismo, family, friends, culture, comics designs and of course creating in the time of the pandemic (which featured Javier Hernandez- creator of the legendary El Muerto, The professor and comics scholar Dra. Fernanda Diaz-Basteris, artist Justin Rueff and myself).
The panelists themselves were an incredible and diverse assortment of comics creators, scholars, and enthusiasts. Some of whom I am very proud and lucky to know as colleagues. This event provided a great opportunity to learn, share, inspire each other and motivate others to tell our stories.
Please click below for links to the festival website, the full playlist of panels, walk through the virtual art gallery or check out my panel where we talk shop on how we deal with comic creation during these crazy times.
The Latinx Comic Arts Festival website:
Youtube playlist of all the LCAF panels:
Latinx Comic Arts Festival- 3D virtual exhibition:
Panel featuring PVS: