New York Public Library

50th Anniversary of Hip Hop: Sounds of Shaolin

A Program featuring New York Public Library (Columbus Branch)

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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop at The New York Public Library!

Hip Hop 50 Year Anniversary in white font with a purple background and an image of a breakdancer in the background

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the birth of hip-hop, we are pleased to invite you to Shaolin Sounds, an afternoon of hip-hop performances, visual art, and history surrounding Staten Island’s contributions to hip-hop culture.

Our outdoor garden area will be graced with performances by Staten Island local legends Eddy I. and Tyrone Briggs, along with other surprises. We will also hear from guest speaker Will Power about his Wu-Tang Clan mural across the street and from True 2 Life about how hip-hop ties into their organizational mission of ending gun violence.

Our friends at Projectivity will be here with information about their hip-hop-centric programs and initiatives and an interactive graffiti art activity.

Free iced coffee from Staten Island’s own Killah Koffee will be available for all attendees.

June 17, 2023, 06:00 PM

06:00 PM - 09:20 PM

About The Speakers

New York Public Library

New York Public Library

Columbus Branch


New York Public Library

New York Public Library

476 5th Ave, New York

132 Canal St., Staten Island, NY, 10304


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Queens Public Library



In 2021, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded $425.7 million through grantmaking, research and policy development, to advance, support, and empower America's museums, libraries, and related organizations.

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