A Great Day In Mount Vernon & Hip-Hop


In 1958, the Iconic: A Great Day in Harlem photo was taken. It featured some of the most iconic jazz musicians of the day. In 1998, A Great Day in Hip-Hop was shot. It showcased some of the most prominent rappers of the era. On Sunday, October 15th, 2023, at 2 p.m., the Mount Vernon Public Library hosted a seminal event. It’s called “A Great Day in Mount Vernon.”

Community leaders, civil servants, clergy, athletes, celebrities, and students came out and were part of this historic event. Photographer Dennis Manuel of AFROPUNK fame will be leading the photography campaign. This was a day of healing, fellowship, and celebration! It is also the opening event of the Hip-Hop 50 series being produced by the Mount Vernon Library, culminating in its “Beats That Made Hip Hop” function that will be hosted at the library on November 5th.

The event was organized by Curtis Sherrod of Rapacon. All images by Renee Ham Yearwood

Photo bottom right – Mrs. Cora Brown, VP of GMC Entertainment and the wife of Grandmaster Caz (in the Hip Hop 50 shirt), and Gail Hall aka DJ Flame of the Mercedes Ladies. [Renee Ham Yearwood]

Pictures of Curtis Sherrod with MVPL Personnel and Mount Vernon Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard [Facebook]

Before the samples, before the remixes, there were the beats that made a trillion-dollar industry called Hip Hop! Join us as we celebrate the 1st generation DJs and the breakbeats that changed the world. Come to the Mount Vernon Public Library, on Sunday, November 5th, from Noon til 9 PM for the Hip-Hop 50 event of the year; The Beats That Made Hip-Hop!

AJ Woodson
AJ Woodson
AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief and co-owner of Black Westchester, Host & Producer of the People Before Politics Radio Show, An Author, Journalism Fellow (Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism), Rap Artist - one third of the legendary underground rap group JVC FORCE known for the single Strong Island, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian, Documentarian, Activist, Criminal Justice Advocate and Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale, Sonicnet.com, Launch.com, Rolling Out Newspaper, Daily Challenge Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine, Word Up! Magazine, On The Go Magazine and several others.

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