Hip Hop Appreciation Week

St. Louis Public Library celebrates the history and culture of hip-hop with its 6th Annual Hip Hop Appreciation Week, May 13-18 at Central Library, 1301 Olive Street.

All events are free and open to the public.

This year, the Library’s Hip-Hop Appreciation Week programming includes:

Opening Reception for Hip Hop & Fashion
May 13       7-8:30 p.m.          Carnegie Room
Pieces from the fashion show will be on display throughout the week.

Hip Hop in Virtual Reality
May 14       3-5 p.m.,              Creative Experience
Try out the HTC-Vive headset, and create stunning graffiti in virtual reality.

Aja La’ Starr’s I Am Hip Hop: Women & the Art of Deejaying
May 14       6:30-8:30 p.m.      Carnegie Room
A celebration of women in the art featuring a film screening, live demonstrations and panel discussion.

Straight Outta Central
May 15       4-5 p.m.               Creative Experience
Show off your amazing gifts during this talent show! Teens only

An Evening with Hanif Abdurraqib
May 15       7-8 p.m.               Auditorium
Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. Abdurraqib will discuss his work. Books available for purchase from Left Bank Books.

Not So Quiet Presents Drea Vocalz
May 16       6:30-8:30 p.m.      Auditorium
Drea Vocalz is the soul goddess of St. Louis. Her unique tone allows listeners' cares to melt away through her music.

Hip Hop Storytelling with MK Stallings & Black Spade
May 17       10:30-11:30 a.m.   Children’s Library
Hear an original Storytime set to a hip hop beat with local artists. Kids ages Birth-5  

It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop
May 17       4:30-5:30 p.m.      Creative Experience
Celebrate the evolution, contribution and impact Hip Hop has made on mainstream culture since 1970.

Hip Hop Roots and Branches
May 18       Noon-1 p.m.         Carnegie Room
January Johnson-Ansa takes you on a journey through the West African roots of hip hop to the contemporary movements and shared rhythms found in popular music and street dance today.

Community Hip Hop with Dancin Darryl
May 18       1-2 p.m.      Carnegie Room
Dancin Darryl leads participants in an hourlong dance workshop focusing on beginning hip hop. No experience necessary. All ages

Music Hour with Cocoa and Cumin
May 18       3:30-5:30 p.m.      Carnegie Room
Wrap up the week with a performance by Cocoa and Cumin, including a performance from James Biko (formerly known as DJ Needles).