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This Friday, April 21st, Converse and the Global Artists Coalition, in conjunction with Foot Locker, will be holding their “All Star Hip-Hop Tribute” at Webster Hall from 2pm to 9pm. The event will be hosted by sneaker/hip-hop legend Bobbito Garcia, Hot 97’s own DJ Raqiyah, and the soundscape will be provided by Beautiful Decay’s, DJ Synapse. Click more for the entire press release which includes details regarding the sneaker painting competition as well as the night’s performances.

Hip-Hop Legend Bobbito Garcia and Hot 97 DJ Raqiyah to Host Landmark Free Event at Webster Hall on April 21

New York, NY April 11, 2006 Global Artists Coalition and Converse in conjunction with Footlocker and Foot Action will bring their popular sneaker-painting competition, a landmark exhibit of rare hip-hop handbills and urban photography, and several innovative performances to New York City, to raise awareness of hip-hop’s past and spotlight its creative future.

The one-day event, titled the Converse All Star Hip-Hop Tribute , will take place on Friday, April 21 at Webster Hall in New York City, between 2 pm and 9 pm. THE WHOLE EVENT IS FREE! Hot 97 DJ Raqiyah will host from 2 pm 5 pm. Hip-hop legend Bobbito Garcia, host of ESPN 2’s It’s The Shoes and columnist for Vibe, will MC from 5pm 8 pm.

The free display will reflect the recent national interest in original artifacts from rap\’s early years and present a unique hip hop-based arts activity that will engage youths and artists of all ages and encourage them to express their creativity. In addition, several unique artistic presentations will be offered. The event will consist of:
* The “Converse Sneaker Art Battle,” which offers emerging artists the opportunity to show off their graffiti and illustrative art skills by “tagging” a classic white Pro Leather shoe, similar to the ones once worn by Julius Irving , with their own inspired creations. Participants\’ pieces will be judged and considered for a special limited-edition athletic shoe from Converse.
* Hip-hop historian Curtis Sherrod \’s rare hip-hop handbills. Part of the world\’s largest collection, the objet d\’arts promoted legendary old-school parties during the late \’70s and early \’80s, and were previously shown at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum.
* A special performance by Bam the Liquid Robot , whose hip-hop dance routines are enthusiastically acclaimed for their passionate virtuosity and stylistic flair. Known for his work in movies, commercials and with superstar artists, Bam has been called “the next level” by Vibe magazine.
* The vocal innovation of Beatboxer Entertainment and their freewheeling and funky oral orchestra. And I heard they will be challenged to a battle by top djs Synapse, DJ Machine and special guests. Beatboxer Entertainment is perhaps the preeminent beat box artists in the world today.
* The trailblazing ensemble Asa Yaa . Boasting musicians, dancers and singers, and glorifying the connection between African culture and modern African-American art, this Brooklyn-based company has toured the world to great acclaim.
* Photojournalist Jamel Shabazz’s gritty snapshots of the emerging hip-hop scene from 1980-1989 before it became what is today’s multi-million-dollar multinational industry. The photos are from his critically-praised books Back in the Day and A Time Before Crack.

Previously the Converse All Star Hip-Hop Tribute drew over 2,500 visitors in Miami, Los Angeles and Washington, DC.

For additional information on this event, or to attend, please contact Havelock Nelson at (646) 508-8041 or


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