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With the contracting economy showing no signs of a quick turnaround this decade, you have to wonder how hip hop is going to cope with the shifts in spending, sponsorship, and the distribution of bling. The days of no-cover open-bar parties featuring your favorite rappers at your favorite clubs sponsored by car makers and liquor sponsors are over, and people really aren’t trying to spend $20 to stand around at at half-empty club. Fear not hip-hoppers, as we are still the resilient bunch who forged a global culture out of nothing but old records and empty spaces some 30-odd years ago in the Bronx.

Fast forward to the here and now, The solSource Group and The Historical Society of Washington, D.C have partnered up to fill an empty space with culture by launching Hip Hop Cinema Cafe, a series of free hip hop film screenings and panel discussions at the Historical Society, located at 801 K Street, NW.

This Saturday they will be screening The Freshest Kids (2002), an excellent breakdancing documentary that covers the history of the art form since its inception to the global phenomena it has become. After the film, there discussion with some of the best B-Boys, DJs and Emcees on the DC Hip Hop Scene. This is sure to be a great afternoon of FREE hip hop for you family and the community – its like a local hip hop stimulus package.

Saturday, February 28, 2009
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
801 K Street, NW at Mount Vernon Square
Washington, DC