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THE BOX THAT ROCKS: 30 Years of Video Music Box and the Rise of Hip Hop Music &\; Culture is an exhibition of contemporary art that celebrates the global influence of Video Music Box\, and the show’s historic contribution to urban music and culture. In 1983\, Ralp h McDaniels launched Video Music Box\, a groundbreaking television program that ushered in the popularity and innovation of music videos. As the show’s creator and host\, and the producer and/or director of over 400 music videos\, Ralph McDaniels is a pioneer whose influence is still felt t hroughout the music industry. It is safe to say that hundreds of Hip Hop\, R&\;B and Dancehall artists owe their street credibility\, record sales\ , and a great deal of their commercial success to Video Music Box.

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At its inception\, Video Music Box broadcasted videos fro m all genres of music. However\, it was one of the first television program s ever to feature Hip Hop videos primarily. In the early 1980’s\, networks such as MTV did not play the music videos of black recording artists. V ideo Music Box ushered in a new era of cultural identity\, innovation and entrepreneurship. Ralph McDaniels also recognized the show’s power to s peak directly to inner city youth in a way that no one else was doing at th e time. Each day\, McDaniels used the show as a platform to spread messages of unity\, non-violence\, anti-drug abuse\, anti-crime\, political activis m and self-respect.

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“I have continued to produce Video Music Box in dependently for over 30 years as a testament to the art form. Video Mus ic Box is the place where classic visuals have been documented and new music continues to flourish on a television program produced by someone wh o controls their own content and vision\,” states Video Music Box creator\, Ralph McDaniels. “The show represents hope for those in the Afric an-American and Latino community who want to express themselves freely with out the chains of corporate America. The fact is that Video Music Box has always been an important outlet for those creating Hip Hop or any o ther genre of music. I believe that people from any race or background can learn from the show’s message of positivity and contribute to the culture.”

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THE BOX THAT ROCKS is guest curated by Dexter Wimberly\, and is on view from March 10 through May 28\, 2012 in the museum’s main gallery at t he James E. Davis 80 Arts Building in Brooklyn\, New York. The show feature s photography\, painting\, mixed-media\, video installation\, and interacti ve digital art.

DTEND:20130528 DTSTAMP:20140831T102023 DTSTART:20130310 GEO:40.6854023;-73.9744875 LOCATION:Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA)\,80 Hanson Place \nBrooklyn\, NY 11217 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:THE BOX THAT ROCKS - 30 Years of Video Music Box and the Rise of Hi p Hop Music & Culture\, Amy Andrieux\, Malik Y. Cumbo\, LaTasha N. Nevada D iggs\, Delphine Fawundu\, FAB 5 FREDDY\, Bobbito Garcia\, Tahir Hemphill\, Jonathan Mannion\, Tim Okamura\, M. Tony Peralta\, Ali Santana\, Jamel Shab azz\, Daniel Amazu Wasser UID:274164 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR