MC Lyte – “Dope Style”

MC Lyte shows her love for the Brooklyn Nets on the Mick Boogie x Adidas x SLAM x XXL mixtape, Brooklyn Originals.

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MC Lyte To Host HipHop 4 Life’s Annual Youth Fest

MC Lyte has been selected to host HipHop 4 Life’s Annual Youth Fest next month at John Jay College in New York from 9:30 AM – 4:00.

The event is designed to help 12-18 year-old’s build self-esteem and leadership skills.  The event’s theme is Don’t Pressure Me… Respect Me!: Combating Bullying.”

Youth Fest will feature an activity fair, parent workshops, performances and entertainment.

Additionally, 200 children will be provided with a free lunch during the event.  Visit http://hiphop4lifeonline.com/programs/youthfest for more information.

 

MC Lyte’s Foundation Offers $100,000 Hip-Hop Scholarship to One Student

Yesterday, MC Lyte and her foundation, Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, announced plans to offer an $100,000 hip hop scholarship, the First Wave Scholarship, for one student to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  The Foundation’s advisory board, which includes Russell Simmons and Salt of Salt-N-Pepa, plan to provide more detailed information about the scholarship today at Simmons’ Rush Communications location in New York City.

They will be joined by UW-Madison’s VP and Chief Diversity Officer, Damon Williams, during the press conference.

This is what MC Lyte had to say about this scholarship:

“For years I’ve dreamed of having the ability to help our community and now finally the day has arrived.

HHSF is about changing lives and truly encouraging several generations that have been and are influenced by Hip-Hop culture. It is my life’s mission to see those who believe, actually see their dreams come to fruition.

Helping the younger generation see their strengths and potential is what my goals are for this foundation. This scholarship partnership with UW-Madison is just the beginning for what HHSF has in store.”

The scholarship will finance the entire cost of obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree at UW-Madison.

The deadline to apply for the scholarship is October 1. The winner will be announced at this year’s Soul Train Music Awards.  To learn more about the application process, click here.

“Something to Nothing: The Art of Rap” Follows the Origins of Hip Hop and Rap Up to Its Current Form

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Slated to be released on June 15th, director/producer/rapper/actor Ice-T traces the orgins of hip hop and rap from its early days to its present state through his documentary, Something to Nothing: The Art of Rap.  Ice-T focuses on the development of hip hop and rap, which are both original American art forms, through imagery and commentary from some of the most pivotal figures of the art forms including MC Lyte, Afrika Bambaataa, Big Daddy Kane, Doug E. Fresh, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Ice Cube, Ice-T, Q-Tip, Kanye West, and more.  Take a look at the trailer below.

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MC Lyte Helps Raise Awareness About HIV and AIDS

MC Lyte decided to give back by helping to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS.  Recently, she starred in a PSA developed by Greater Than AIDS and the Black AIDS Institute.  MC Lyte spoke about how important is it for people to become educated about HIV and AIDS:

“I’m just happy to be a participant with any organization that’s going to make people aware of the disease that’s killing us [Black people] by the millions.  There are so many sick in our backyards right now. There’s not just [Project] RED but many other organizations that I work with that are all about bringing awareness [and] educating the youth about protecting themselves.”

Michael Jai White, Vanessa Williams, Orlando Jones,  Samuel L. Jackson and others star in the PSA as well.  Head over to HipHopDX.com to check it out.