This event was attended by TheSistahCafe.com’s New York correspondent & guest blogger, Lawana Ross
The vibrations coming from the fans, celebrities and tastemakers were bouncing off the walls at the Parental Advisory: Explicit Images event, presented by Morrison Hotel Gallery, at the Dream Downtown’s rooftop lounge. I attended this event as a correspondent for TheSistahCafe.com.
Parental Advisory: Explicit Images
Featuring imagery of iconic Hip-Hop legends, the exhibition and sale pays tribute to the artists and photographers of this culture and their generations of fans. Curated by Timothy White, and featuring photographs by White, Danny Clinch, Janette Beckman, Clay Patrick McBride, Lynn Goldsmith and others, these iconic images will be exhibited at Morrison Hotel Gallery’s loft in SoHo through the month of February and are always available for purchase at www.morrisonhotelgallery.com
Parental Advisory: Explicit Images is, “All about the music and photographs from a timeless culture,” said photographer and gallery co-owner Timothy White who co-hosted the event with Whoopi Goldberg and Darryl DMC McDaniels from Run-DMC.
“It’s about the photographers who shot the images then and now. The artists who represent that culture then and now. It’s the emergence of generations within that culture – the passing of the baton from one generation to another.” -Timothy White
That baton was passed that night, in that room. The energy was palpable.
Los Angeles rapper Mason Dean (who is Whoopi Goldberg’s grandson) kicked off the night with a set of original rap songs that the 17-year wrote himself. Hudson Valley hip-hop artist Decora followed with a prolific set and Darryl DMC McDaniels closed out the night with an emotionally fierce performance, surrounded by the photos in the exhibit.
Among the famous faces there to celebrate this incredible event were actress Kristen Stewart who is in town to host SNL this weekend, Platinum Boy Music CEO and producer for Jennifer Lopez, Bad Boy Records, Justin Beiber – Amadeus, Lamarr Houston of the Chicago Bears, actor Sean Ringgold (Luke Cage, Orange Is The New Black, One Life To Live), recording artist Tony Sunshine and Stevie J from VH1’s Love & Hip-Hop.
Hip Hop is a culture that transcends race, age and gender. I had the privilege of attending and seeing a wonderful display of of hip hop throughout the years. It was once feared that Hip Hop was a trend that wasn’t going to survive but it stayed true and rang supreme. There was a strong vibe throughout the place and the ambiance was nice. We mingled and discussed the art and powerful performances with the New York Midtown skyline as our backdrop. It was a very dramatic affect! The highlight of my night was seeing my favorite “shoe diva”, Whoopi Goldberg as she co hosted the event. I was able to chat with New Edition actor and upcoming artist, Algee Smith! He is the hottie who played, Ralph Tresvant in the BET New Edition biopic. I let him know he did a phenomenal job and I learned that he performed his own vocals in the movie. LADIES! You Heard It Here First! don’t be surprised in a month or two when that single for his debut album drops.
I’m grateful I had the pleasure to attend this dope event. With all the negativity going on in this world it was great to have one night where people from many backgrounds came together to celebrate one thing, the art of HIP HOP.
When did you fall in love with Hip Hop?
For more information on Morrison Hotel Gallery and to purchase images from the
Parental Advisory: Explicit Images exhibit, please visit www.morrisonhotelgallery.com.