Jody Watley named 1st ambassador of National Museum of African American Music

One of the galleries, The Message, explores the origins of both hip-hop and rap in the urban decay of New York’s South Bronx Burrough. Museum visitors learn about the era’s minority youth culture, which incorporated DJ-driven music, breakdancing, graffiti art and streetwear fashion into the amalgam of hip-hop. Also emphasized is the way in which technology helps drive hip-hop through the sampling, scratching and beatbox work of its turntablist pioneers.

“We are excited to name Jody Watley as our membership ambassador. Black music finally has a home and with your support, we can make sure it will be here to inspire visitors for years to come,” said Kara Duke, development and membership manager at NMAAM.

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