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TV-One Cable Network to Televise the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards TV Show Filming in ‘Hip-Hop History’ Month!

National Promo Campaign Kicks-Off on HipHopHoFMuseum.com Announcing Inductees; Ending with the Unveiling of the Hip Hop Museum Building in NYC!

NEW YORK, August 15, /PRNewswire/ — The Original and Official Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards Induction Ceremony and Concert is set to return to National and International Television, filming in New York City during ‘Hip Hop History Month’ in November 2011.

The Hip Hop Hall of Fame signed an agreement with TV-One Cable Network to televise the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards Show in early December 2011. TV-One is a major part of the Radio One, Inc. Media Empire, founded by the legendary Cathy Hughes, and is also in a partnership with the Comcast-NBC Broadcasting Company. ‘TV-One has demonstrated by actions their commitment to Diversity and Minority Producers and Programming’, says Creator and Executive Producer J.T. Thompson.

The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards Show will also feature a ‘Week of Activities’ throughout New York City. They will include Celebrity Community Outreach, a Hip Hop Symposium, Gospel Night, VIP Reception, Pre-Post Event Parties, and other Programs featuring Celebrities, Industry Executives, and New York City Political, Corporate, and Community Leaders. This has been in the works for a while, and will be around for many generations to come,’ says Easy A.D. Harris, a Hip Hop Hall of Fame Executive, and Iconic member of the legendary Cold Crush Brothers.

The ‘Hip Hop-A-Thon’ National Promotional and Fundraising campaign will kick-off with the announcing of the 2011 Hall of Fame Inductee Class, to be followed by a series of Print, Radio, Press, and Promotional activities over 90 days culminating with the unveiling of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum & Entertainment Complex Building Project in New York City. Tickets will go on sale in September 2011.

The producers and creative team are currently working on agreements with Celebrity Talent and Corporate Partnerships for the show. The initial response has been excitement, and we will be making continuous announcements over the next few weeks and months regarding the Celebrity Hosts, Performers, Presenters, Industry, Promotional, and Corporate Partnerships.

‘We are very excited to be returning to National Television, as Hip Hop has continues to expand from the urban streets to general ‘pop’ market commercialization. It has re-emerged as a major youth ‘marketing and economic’ driving force spending and influencing over $350 Billion+ in sales across all product merchandise and service categories. This event will help re-establish the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Brand in the marketplace for decades to come, stated the Brooklyn Born, Hollis, Harlem and Los Angeles raised show Creator and Executive Producer J.T. Thompson, who recently graduated from the UConn EBV Veterans Entrepreneur Program.

The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards show brand was created in 1992 to be the financial mechanism to build the Museum. This will be the first broadcast of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards since it aired in National Syndication and on the BET Cable Network in the 1990’s. That show featured the inductions of Run DMC with Jam Master Jay an original Board Member, the God-father of Hip Hop Kool Herc, the Zulu Nation, Kool DJ Red Alert, and Grandmaster Flash to name a few. These classic video clips will be premiering bi-weekly at http://hiphophof.tv during the promo campaign!

Fans and supporters can participate in real time at the http://hiphophof.tv, twitter.com/hiphophof, facebook.com/hiphophof.museumcomplex, or at blackplanet.com/hiphophalloffame. For more information, media & press inquiries or interviews, celebrity bookings, sponsorship opportunities, and partnerships contact Alexia Martinique, Easy A.D. Harris, or J.T. Thompson at 212-330-8738. All other Inquiries can reach us at hiphophof@gmail.com.

 

 

Hip Hop HoF Museum Set to Launch $25M Up-front Media and Sponsorship Event for Hip Hop Museum

March 2011

New York, NY – Plans are also underway for a $25M Official Sponsorship &Advertiser Upfront event for all of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Brands. The offer is for multi-year official category sponsorships including Soft Drinks, Sports Drink, Car/Truck, Electronics, Wireless phones, Beer, Spirits, Snacks, Candy, Fast Food, Computers, Shoes, Fashions, Sporting Goods, Online, Credit Card, Spirits, Health and Homecare Products, Services, and more. Corporate sponsor partners will have advertising and naming opportunities on-site including the marquee, floors, exhibits, concert lounge, restaurant, retail vendors, tours, and television studios.

The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum & Entertainment Complex is poised to become the Hip-Hop institution of record for the 21st century, as reported in Billboard Magazine. It has two arms, the non-profit HHHOF Museum Foundation, which will oversee the museum, exhibits, and community outreach with “pioneers” of rap, and the for-profit HHHOF Global Media Group which will assist co-operating the restaurant, retail gift shop, concert lounge, TV studios, co-branded entertainment divisions, merchandising, special events, and corporate sponsorship partnerships.

The Advisory Board members are illustrious and include legends Grandmaster Caz and Easy AD of the Cold Crush Bros, RockHall inductee Melle Mel, Kurtis Blow, Pebblee Poo, Tony Crush, L.A. Sunshine, Kool Herc, Lord Yoda X of the Zulu Nation, and the late Mr. Magic, and Hip Hop HOF inductee Jam Master Jay of Run DMC, to name a few.

The Museum will provide up to 300 jobs, internships, co-branded marketing opportunities, as well as educational events and outreach programs for the youth, families, and over 500,000 tourist visitors annually. The economic impact in the City of New York is expected to be over $350 million over three years, from on-site and off-site programming, tourism, B2B local commerce, consumer spending, and city revenues. The Museums kid mascots B-Boy Scratch & Friends, will also mentor over 20,000 NYC public school children per year with special free field trips to the museum complex being dubbed as the new Urban Theme Park TM.

The ’40 days and 40 nights’ of Hip Hop fan outreach campaign will kick-off the Hip Hop-A-Thon 80 days of non-stop Hip Hop Hall of Fame news, announcements, history, and community forums on issues every day, leading up to the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards TV Show and the Up-front sponsorship event to generate VIP membership sign ups.

The VIP memberships cost $19.99, and it includes a free gift of an official t-shirt, or HHHOF 18th anniversary DVD set for 2011 release. The first 10,000 VIP members will receive a special bonus gift of a lifetime pass to the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum when it is completed.

Fans can follow and participate in real time on hiphophof.tv and hiphophofmuseum.com. We are also at twitter.com/hiphophof, facebook.com/hiphophof-musuemcomplex, or myspace.com/hiphophof.

 

 

Hip-Hop HOF Museum Developer J.T. Thompson to Debut $50M Bond Issue to NYC & Wall Street Banks

March 2011

New York, NY – The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum development team and pioneers have taken over sixty meetings during the past year with New York City and State officials, agencies, developers, contractors, designers, bankers, producers, television networks, and corporate brand partners in advance of the $50M Bond Issue,and the $25M Sponsorship Upfront event presentations scheduled for 2011.

The pre- Bond package has been preliminary viewed by some prominent Wall Street banking firms, and when completed it will finally close the deal on the NYC Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum & Entertainment Complex development. ‘This will includeall architectural-engineering, custom exhibit designs, customer traffic flows, and the final rehabilitation construction of the existing Manhattan building’, stated JT Thompson,founder, co–developer. The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards show brand was established in 1992 to be the financial mechanism to build the Museum, as it later became a television special on the BET network in the 90’s.

We are very excited to be finalizing the Museum, and returning to television as Hip Hop has since re-emerged as the major youth marketing driving force influencing over $500 Billion in sales across all products and service advertising brand categories. ‘These events will help re-establish the brand in the marketplace for decades to come, and allow the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards show to reclaim its throne from the copycats’, says Easy AD, hip hop icon of the Legendary Cold Crush Brothers, a senior executive.

The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum & Entertainment Complex is poised to become the Hip-Hop institution of record for the 21st century, as reported in Billboard Magazine. It has two arms, the non-profit HHHOF Museum Foundation, which will oversee the museum, exhibits, and community outreach with “pioneers” of rap, and the for-profit HHHOF Global Media Group which will assist co-operating the restaurant, retail gift shop, concert lounge, TV studios, co-branded entertainment divisions, merchandising, special events, and corporate sponsorship partnerships.

The Advisory Board members are illustrious and include legends Grandmaster Cazand Easy AD of the Cold Crush Bros, RockHall inductee Melle Mel, Kurtis Blow, Pebblee Poo, Tony Crush, L.A. Sunshine, KoolHerc, Lord Yoda X of the Zulu Nation, and the late Mr. Magic, and Hip Hop HOF inductee Jam Master Jay of Run DMC, to name a few.

The Museum will provide up to 300 jobs, internships, co-branded marketing opportunities, as well as educational events and outreach programs for the youth, families, and over 500,000 tourist visitors annually. The economic impact in the City of New York is expected to be over $350 million over three years, from on-site and off-site programming, tourism, B2B local commerce, consumer spending, and city revenues. The Museums kid mascots B-Boy Scratch &Friends, will also mentor over 20,000 NYC public school children per year with special free field trips to the museum complex being dubbed as the new Urban Theme ParkTM.

The ’40 days and 40 nights’ of Hip Hop fan outreach campaign will kick-off the Hip Hop-A-Thon 80 days of non-stop Hip Hop Hall of Fame news, announcements, history, and community forums on issues every day, leading up to the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards TV Show and the Up-front sponsorship event to generate VIP membership sign ups.

The VIP memberships cost $19.99, and it includes a free gift of an official t-shirt, or HHHOF 18th anniversary DVD set for 2011 release. The first 10,000 VIP members will receive a special bonus gift of a lifetime pass to the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum when it is completed.

Fans can follow and participate in real time on hiphophof.tv and hiphophofmuseum.com. We are also at twitter.com/hiphophof, facebook.com/hiphophof-musuemcomplex, or myspace.com/hiphophof.

 

 

Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum Announces New Website “HipHopHoF.TV”

February 2011

The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum has just soft launched HipHopHoF.TV and HipHopHoFMuseum.com community website. The site will be the home of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame, and feature its own Hip Hop Report magazine, national event listing services, artists new music and video channel, and merchandise store.

”The site is a hip hop global community that enables fans, artists, labels, executives, industry organizations, and corporate brand marketers to interact and communicate with each other with their own on-site pages that will provide a unique mix of content and entertainment,” stated JT Thompson, creator and executive producer.

The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum is also beginning its VIP fan partnership program and outreach campaign. The VIP memberships cost $19.99, and it includes a free gift of an official t-shirt, or HHHOF 18th anniversary DVD set for April 2011 release. The first 1,000 VIP members will receive a bonus gift of a ticket to the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum building unveiling party during Hip Hop Hall of Fame week. The first 5,000 VIP members will receive a second bonus gift, as they will have their names and likenesses incorporated into a real Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum interactive exhibit that will be on display in the Hip Hop Museum. The first 10,000 VIP members will receive a third bonus gift of a lifetime pass to the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum when it is completed. The Hip Hop HoF reserves the right to cut this bonus gift at any time after April 15, 2011.

”We wanted to give the fans and the lovers of Hip Hop around the world an opportunity to give to the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum outreach campaign, and have a ownership stake in what we do in the communities we serve,” stated Easy AD, a hip hop icon of the legendary Cold Crush Brothers, and a senior executive.

Fans can follow and participate in real time at twitter.com/hiphophof, myspace.com/hiphophof, blackplanet.com/hiphophalloffame, or at facebook.com/hiphop-museumcomplex. The Hip Hop Hall of Fame is presently preparing for the return to television of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards show in 2011.

 

 

November 26, 2010

Rap Legend Kurtis Blow to Co-Host Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards Television Special at the Manhattan Center in NYC

If you’ve been a fan of Rap Legend, Kurtis Blow, start arranging your New York Trip now because he’s going to co-host the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards Television Show in 2011 in NYC. This is the first broadcast of the HHHOF Awards show since it first aired in National and International Syndication, as well as on the BET Cable network which is now owned by MTV/Viacom.

Hip Hop Pioneers such as GrandMaster Caz, Easy A.D., Ice T, Lord Yoda, Popmaster Fabel, and Hip Hop Founder Kool Herc, are preparing for the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards TV Show in the spring, and the unveiling of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum & Entertainment Complex the week of the Show. The Pioneers participates with the developers, designers, and architects to ensure that history of Hip Hop Music is preserved, archived, and told in the most accurate detail.

In the museum, attendees will be presented with unique historical perspective of the art-form and also interactivity with the exhibits. This way, they will leave with a sense of empowerment, understanding and appreciation for Hip Hop music and culture and its impact on society.

The complex will also include the Hip Hop Hall of Fame, a Museum, Gift Store, Restaurant, Live Concert Lounge and a state-of-the-art Television Broadcast Studios.

Also anticipate more from the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards as it’s scheduled to make more announcements in the coming weeks, including the 2011 HHHOF Inductee class that will be announced in January 2011

 

 

Hip Hop Pioneers & Historians Easy A.D., GrandMaster Caz, and Lord Yoda to Co-Host the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards Press Conference Tuesday at the Manhattan Center

The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum Will Be Represented by the Legendary Cold Crush Brothers, and the Original Crash Crew & Zulu Nation Senior Executive

Taking it back to where it all began, The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards TV Show is pleased to announce that the kick-off press conference on Tuesday November 23, 2010, at the Manhattan Center will be co-hosted by Hip Hop Pioneers & Historians Easy A.D. and GrandMaster Caz of the Legendary Cold Crush Brothers, and the Original Crash Crew and Senior Executive of the Zulu Nation Lord Yoda. Also confirmed to attend is the founding father of Hip Hop culture DJ Kool Herc. We are also expecting to hear from PopMaster Fable, an active historian of everything Hip Hop.

These Iconic gentlemen are an ideal representation of Hip Hop Music & Culture from personal experience, as they were participants during its foundational beginnings, and witnessed Hip Hop grow to where it is today, first-hand. They are all very active and supportive in cultivating and preserving the true hip hop foundational principals today in different programs in New York City, and around the world.

They will be bringing their many creative nuances to the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum & Entertainment Complex as Senior Executives, as the project continues to be jointly developed with creator and executive producer JT Thompson’s team that includes Zubatkin & Associates, ABS Real Estate, DLA Piper, Merrill Lynch, NY Arts & Business Council, and Harlem Arts Alliance, and many others who all have established track records in the City of New York and in the United States. The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards TV show is scheduled for taping on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at the Manhattan Center, and this will be the first broadcast of the show since it aired in national syndication and aired on the BET Cable Network in the 90s.

Easy A.D., an original board member, will serve as a Senior Executive in the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum, and in the original development of exhibits and programs at the institution in conjunction with our designers, architects, and developers.

GrandMaster Caz, an original board member, is slated to be a Senior Executive in the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Entertainment Division and will be working on the upcoming television, music, film, books, and tour projects that are in the works.

Lord Yoda, an original board member, will speak on the importance of hip hop culture, and preserving it correctly in this day and age of media and hype technology. Yoda will be the vanguard in the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum, ensuring that the TV Awards show, and the Museum be the most accurate record of Hip Hop History on the planet. That means that we will live up to all of the very foundational hip hop cultural principles established by our forefather Afrika Bambaattaa and the Universal Zulu Nation.

Fans can follow and participate in real time on HipHopHoF.TV starting on Tuesday 23 November, and also at Twitter.com/hiphophof, Myspace.com/hiphophof, or Facebook.com/hiphop-museumcomplex. For more information or to RSVP contact Adrienne Smith, or JT Thompson at hiphophof@gmail.com. We are also available to receive all media inquiries, celebrity bookings, sponsorship opportunities, and partnerships. Contact us at 917-418-7971 or at 212-330-8738.

 

 

Nov 16, 2010 04:00 ET

Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards and Pioneers Team Up for Press Conference Tuesday, November 23 at Manhattan Center Re-Launching TV Show in April 2011

Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards Will Also Soft-Launch HipHopHoF.TV, the Official Social-Community Web Site, and Fan Partnership Programs

NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwire – November 16, 2010) – The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards has re-teamed up with Hip Hop Pioneers for Press Conference on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 11am ET to re-launch the Official Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards Induction Ceremony & Concert Television Show, now scheduled for taping on Thursday, April 28, 2011. This will be the first broadcast of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards Show since it aired in national syndication and aired on the BET Cable Network in the ’90s.

The Event will feature a week of activities throughout New York City. They will include Community Outreach Events, National & City Proclamations, a Wall Street visit, a nationally televised Hip Hop Leadership Symposium, the first ever Hip Hop Upfront VIP Mixer, pre and after parties, and the unveiling of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum & Entertainment Complex building in NYC to the general public. These events will be a celebration of the arts and tourism in New York City, and will include celebrities, community, political, business, arts, industry, and New York City leaders.

“We are thankful and appreciative of all of the assistance we have received throughout the years that have been a tough journey of love requiring steadfastness, persistence, and faith to bring the Awards Show back to television, and to make the actual Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum building in New York City a reality,” stated James J.T. Thompson.

Fans can follow and participate in real time on HipHopHoF.TV and at Twitter.com/hiphophof. For more information or to RSVP contact J.T. Thompson at hiphophof@gmail.com, or Keisha Morrisey at excitement.inc@gmail.com. We are also available to receive all media inquiries, celebrity bookings, sponsorship opportunities, and partnerships. Contact us at 917-418-7971 or at 212-330-8738.

Nov 10, 2010 07:07 ET

 

 

Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum Solidifies Return of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards TV Show in April 2011 at NYC’s Manhattan Center With a Week of Cultural Events

HHHOF Creator J.T. Thompson and SVP Hip Hop Legend, Easy Ad, to Host Press & Celebrity “Meet & Greet” on Award Show, HipHopHoF.TV, and Museum Development Plans Later This November

NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwire – November 10, 2010) – It is finally official! The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum Foundation has just solidified the return to television of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards TV Show to its new home at the Manhattan Center in New York City!

The television show is confirmed and the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum and Producers are preparing to open up production offices to allow “early bird” participation for Artists, DJs, Record Labels, Executives, Corporate Sponsors and Advertisers, Global Marketers & Television Distributors, Producers, B-Boys/Girls troupes, Graffiti Artists, and other aspiring literary and oratory artists.

There will be a “Hip Hop Hall of Fame Week” that will include various cultural, industry, and community outreach activities that will be unveiled at the Press & Celebrity Meet and Greet later this month! Early bird ticket sales will begin in December with “fan specials” for the week of events! The show production is currently being coordinated by Tom Foley of PMTV, and J. Kevin Swain, the veteran producer-director of Soul Train Music Awards, and many legendary hip hop video and music projects.

It has been a very long journey in bringing the HHHOF Awards back to television, as this will be the first broadcast since airing in national syndication and on the BET Cable Network in the ’90s! The original award show was to be the catalyst for financing the HHHOF Museum & Entertainment Complex which has now taken over two decades to bring into fruition at its soon to be new home in Manhattan, as development plans will discussed at the press conference. The official HHHOF website and magazine “HipHopHoF.TV,” will also debut at the press conference, and will kick-off our major “VIP Fan Membership” push for the with special HHHOF branded gifts just in time for Christmas Holiday season.

“We are very excited to be returning to Television, as Hip Hop has been Commercialized from the Streets, and has re-emerged as the major Youth ‘Marketing and Economic’ driving force in spending and influencing over $350 Billion+ in sales across all service and product categories. This event will help re-establish the HHHOF brand in the marketplace for decades to come,” stated Brooklyn born Hollis Queens and Los Angeles raised Creator-Executive producer James J.T. Thompson.

For more information, media inquiries, celebrity bookings, sponsorship opportunities, and partnerships contact Adrienne Smith or Jay Thomas at 212-769-9047 or 212-330-8738. You can follow us on Twitter.com/hiphophof, Facebook.com/hiphophofmuseumcomplex, Myspace.com/hiphophof.

 

 

 

Sep 30, 2010 12:17 ET

The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum Wins ‘Innovation Award’ at the UConn Veteran’s Entrepreneur EBV Program Graduation

HHHOF Founder JT Thompson and Pioneers Plan NYC Press & Media Tour Plus Meetings With Record Labels, Bankers, & Corporate Partners October 1-10, 2010

NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwire – September 30, 2010) – The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum & Entertainment Complex that is slated for New York City in 2011 has just won an ‘Innovative Business Award’ at the UConn Veteran’s Entrepreneur Boot-camp Program (EBV). The facility is in final development stages and will be located in a building in Manhattan. The facility will include the Hall of Fame Museum, retail gift store, a full service restaurant, and concert lounge with broadcasting capabilities. The HHHOF will be the city’s newest ‘cultural urban theme park,’ and produce over 100 jobs, and anticipates over 300,000 visitors per year to the museum, and another 600,000 patrons per year to attend over 200 live events & concerts that will be produced at the facility ready for broadcast distribution on all multi-media platforms.

Executive Producer James JT Thompson, the Brooklyn born, Queens and California raised creator of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards Television Show, that previously aired in national syndication and on BET cable network, participated in the Entrepreneur Program along with other veterans and those with Disabilities, who are ‘American Heroes of Freedom’ for serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The program was developed by Mike Haynie of the Whitman School of Business at Syracuse University in New York, and has since expanded to six major American schools including the University of Connecticut, UCLA, Florida State, Texas A&M, and Purdue University. The UConn program is headed up by Michael Zacchea, and facilitated by Professor Kathleen Dechant under the guidance of School of Business Dean Christopher Earley.

“As a college educated veteran of the US Army, and of Community Service and Business this has been one the of the most challenging and fulfilling Business programs that I have ever had the honor and privilege to be a part of,” stated J.T. Thompson, creator of the HHHOF Museum & Entertainment Complex. “I have bonded with some of the finest men and women in America that have served and sacrificed for the freedom of our rights and for free enterprise. I was humbled to be selected by my peers as the ‘Team Player’ award winner at the EBV Graduation to represent veteran’s teamwork and perseverance. We were also treated by the UConn Athletic Department and were able to attend practice and share our experiences with the UConn Husky football team, who embraced all of us veterans as part of their University family.”

The staff at UConn and the whole university community from the students, professors, to the alumni, local business leaders, and Corporate sponsors all came together to offer Veterans of the United States Military valuable education and training to take advantage of the opportunity to open up new businesses, provide jobs, and to become leaders in their communities. Business leaders were front and center sharing their entrepreneur stories, advice, and resources to assist the veterans including Steven Wilson of Vertex, Ambassador Paul Speltz of Global Strategic Associates in NYC, Robert Hughes of Top Coder, and Charles Yost of Booth Financial Associates to name a few, and they will also serve as mentors during the twelve month technical support plan provided to all of the veteran entrepreneurs by the program. Senator Dodd and Congressman Larson came by to show their support, and other participants included the SBA, Community Investment Banks, Sikorsky, Frito-Lay/Pepsi, Dell, Brooks Brothers, and Wal-Mart CEO Bill Simon, who gave the veteran’s keynote address for success.

“This was an amazing experience, and I was so fortunate to participate in this once in a lifetime experience at the EBV,” stated David Regan, an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran who will be launching his Veteran Services business as a veteran disabled business owner. He also stated that the tools and skills he developed in the program, has given him the insight and confidence to network and get socially involved in his community. David also received the ‘Patriot’ Award at the UConn EBV Graduation for developing the business that will do the most to help veterans. Other EBV veterans will be opening up their small businesses employing people including Jacqueline White-Tolefree US Army a Healthy Food Restaurant, Joseph Campbell US Army the Fish & Dreams Store, Joseph Nunuz USMC a Laundry Service, Dee Myrick US Air Force Corporate Training & Development, Chris Dalrymple Command Fitness Centers, Henry Rivera and Glen Brickus US Army Real Estate Sales & Development Companies, Duval Diaz US Army a Photography Company, Brady Fowler US Army a Green Heating Technology Firm, Nathan Atherly US Air Force the Repify Internet Company, Daniel Wright a Transportation Company, and Michael Peterson Award winning Singer, Civil & Military Servant who is presently in Iraq.

The HHHOF will be launching a Press & Media blitz in New York City from October 1-10, 2010. The executive producer James JT Thompson and hip hop Pioneers will present the plan for opening the HHHOF Museum & Entertainment Complex, the upcoming HHHOF Awards TV Show, and the NYC building interior designing and exhibit development. The team will be taking meetings with Corporate Partners, City Officials, Bankers, Record Label & Industry Executives, Artists, and Community leaders. Next will be an interview tour with Radio Stations, Television Stations, Newspapers, Bloggers, and Magazines. A plan is underway to facilitate a Press & Media Mixer where the HHHOF will unveil its ‘Official Fan & Artists Community’ website HipHopHoF.TV! It will include Fan and Artists interactive pages and profiles, the Hall of Fame Report Magazine, TV Channel, Official Store, Headline News, an Event Listing Service, an Industry wide Press Release Service, Issues & Solutions Forum, and our Hip Hop Directory. You can follow us at Facebook.com/hiphophofmuseumcomplex, Twitter.com/hiphophof, or at Myspace.com/hiphophof.

 

 

April 19, 2010

Hip Hop Hall of Fame Plans Reality TV Show to Include the History of Hip Hop Tour Through NYC Museum Building’s Redesign Project

The Hall to Offer Artists, Record Labels, and Corporate Brands Integrated Multi-Cultural Marketing Partnerships and Sponsorships

NEW YORK, April 19 — The Hip Hop Hall of Fame may be adding a reality TV show to its repertoire in 2010! Producers have expressed major interest in documenting and preserving the hip hop experience by bringing the Hip Hop Hall of Fame story to the small screen. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the HHHOF, but more importantly there will be significant hip hop historical events that are going to be chronicled forever for the world to see and appreciate,” stated J.T. Thompson the Creator and Executive Producer.

The reality show filming would begin during the upcoming Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards Week of Activities. The filming would then cover the previously announced Pioneers History of Hip Hop Tour, all the way through to the Interior Redesign and Exhibit Design Projects at the NYC Museum building.

Hip Hop pioneers in-conjunction with the HHHOF and other Artists will tour 10+ cities and bring the real History of Hip Hop Story, with other messages of education and living with purpose; while having real HHHOF museum artifacts on display. The response to the tour has been overwhelming as our Producers have been fielding multiple requests from religious, educational, community and political Leaders from Cities around the Country who would like to host History of Hip Hop Tour stops in their cities. That includes speaking to the youth and assisting community groups.

The HHHOF and our History of Hip Hop Tour participants will also assist in the interior redesign and exhibit projects with our contractors through the summer and fall to bring the HHHOF Museum & Entertainment Complex to life together. It will also highlight the development of the Hall of Fame, exhibits, theme restaurant, concert lounge, retail store, and TV/radio studios at the site. The tour will be coordinated by Easy AD, hip hop icon, of the legendary Cold Crush Brothers.

HHHOF Executives have all agreed that the bigger purpose of the reality television show and tour would be to give back to the communities that have given so much to hip hop history and economics over the years. “We have a duty and responsibility as stakeholders in our communities to do all that we can to provide our kids, and youth with a safe & healthy environment, quality education, access to college, or to start a business, and have an opportunity to achieve the American Dream” stated J.T. Thompson.

The HHHOF applauds record labels and distributors, and corporate brand Executives who have expressed an interest in coming on board the Hip Hop History Tour and reality show project(s). They are demonstrating that they are responsible corporate partners and stakeholders in the communities where their products and services are sold; by allowing the community to be partners with their brands in making the quality of life better for us all.

You can follow the Hip Hop Hall of Fame at Twitter/hiphophof, Facebook.com/hiphophofmuseumcomplex, or Myspace.com/hiphophof.

For more information on Ticket Sales, Artists Participation, Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities contact Hip Hop TV Networks and the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards representatives, Adrienne Smith or Darren Ashley at hiphophof@gmail.com.

Hip Hop Hall of Fame Founder Announces “Greatest of All Time” Book Project

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Hip Hop Hall of Fame Founder Announces “Greatest of All Time” Project

On the eve of celebrating the 17th anniversary of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame, founder J. T. Thompson is pleased to announce that he will be releasing the book “Hip Hop Hall of Fame’s 500 Greatest of All Time”.

“The book will feature artists, groups, community leaders and more that have been a part of shaping the music and culture of Hip Hop,” says Cyrus A. Webb, lead publicist for the project. Webb, the President of Shadow Play Entertainment, began working with Thompson in 2008 through the Hip Hop and Books Literacy Campaign (see http://www.hiphopandbooks.com). “No one is more equipped to put together a list like this other than Thompson,” Webb explained. Thompson will be allowing the public to aide in his list through the website http://www.hiphophof.com.

Look for the book to be released during November 2009 in recognition of Hip Hop History Month along with the introduction of a new DVD series. There will also be more details available soon about the return of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame to television and other upcoming events scheduled for the summer. For more information or to schedule interviews with J. T. Thompson, contact Cyrus A. Webb at 601.896.5616 or cawebb4@juno.com.

 

 

 

Hip Hop HoF Museum Issues Final ‘Cease and Desist’ to NMOHH and Trademark Infringers

The Real Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards and Hip Hop HoF Museum Founder J.T. Thompson Sets the Record Straight on his ‘Credibility and Authenticity’ and will release the Run DMC with Jam Master Jay ‘Hall of Fame Induction Clip’ Today!

NEW YORK, April 6 /PRNewswire/ — The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum Foundation and the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards Television Show have issued a final “Cease and Desist” to the NMOHH and other trademark infringers to stop using their name, likeness, and selling any material with the name Hip Hop and Hall of Fame!

They have now unfortunately put other Hip Hop moguls, and some of HHHOF’s friends in a legally liable position, like Russell Simmons, Andre Harrell, Leyla Turkann, and others listed prominently as Board Members in materials! These moguls and individuals know first- hand that J.T. Thompson is the founder and creator of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame and its multimedia brands, and they will be called upon as HHHOF’s first eye witnesses, since they have worked with or on certain projects with HHHOF over the years!

Just ask Minister Farrakhan to play the “peace summit” video or audio tape from 1997, after the Notorious B.I.G. incident at his home with Russell Simmons and J.T. Thompson as the HHHOF present! The NMOHH was not even in the picture at this very important juncture of Hip Hop history!

Others listed in these promotional materials include the Grammy Museum and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame representatives, who when reached out to by the HHHOF in the 90′s did not come out to support HHHOF’s cause for “stopping the violence” and “increasing the peace through education” campaigns in that era’s Hip Hop climate! The HHHOF values credibility and authenticity above all, and they will be releasing their classic HHHOF Awards Show clip of the Run DMC with Jam Master Jay “Hall of Fame Induction” on the internet on Tuesday, April 6, 2010!

When the NMOHH was first started in 2006 or so, they were immediately “ceased and desisted” for using the HHHOF moniker in their name. They stopped at that time and called themselves just the NMOHH. Now four years later the NMOHH also call themselves the Hip Hop Hall of Fame. They reached out to J.T. Thompson in November 2009 to see if there were some partnership opportunities, as they promised the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards can have the VH1 Hip Hop Honors Show as their own, with Viacom/MTV’s permission, and that HHHOF had to move themselves into the NMOHH facility that would be built in the Bronx, NY!

J.T. Thompson and the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Board of Advisors emphatically said “NO WAY” to surrendering their 18 year quest to folks who have not done their proper homework, as that would be irresponsible. Then the disrespect card was played, and the Hip Hop Hall of Fame stood its ground as the stronger contender with a $10 million halfway to goal commitment to be matched, plus the return of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards TV Show to national television, and with the unveiling of the HHHOF Museum & Entertainment Complex in NYC June 2010!

“This is very unfortunate,” stated J.T. Thompson, “as we are a ‘neutral Hip Hop body’ who is open to all for participation; however, we cannot sit by and allow someone to violate our trademarks and cause Hip Hop and marketplace confusion, dilution, and misuse of our trademark’s goodwill and hard work over the years in the name of preservation! The US Laws dictate in these matters that we must be and will be aggressive in protecting our HHHOF trademarks and copyrights!

This is why we find the NMOHH’s FAQ more puzzling — what is posted on their website. It says the following: “We appreciate and applaud the efforts of the few attempts to develop a hip-hop museum in the past, but we believe that there are a few key factors that directly attributed to the failure of those past efforts. None of the past efforts included the acquisition of proper documentation like a 501(c)(3), or it was not in the South Bronx, or that these past attempts have been out of either political, or personal/financial gain, and they all ‘quit’!” The NMOHH FAQ is all fiction and not factual!

Here are the facts: on White House stationery dated July 7, 1995 is a thank you signed by then-President Bill Clinton, addressed to J.T. Thompson, CEO of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame. There is a Billboard Magazine article dated November 4, 1995, by Havelock Nelson, stating that J.T. Thompson of Dove Entertainment formed the non-profit Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum Foundation and would produce the HHHOF Awards TV show in 1996! There is a Billboard Magazine dated August 1996, by Havelock Nelson, stating that J.T. Thompson did in fact produce the HHHOF Awards TV show and it would be airing on BET in September ’96! There is a Billboard Magazine dated April 19, 2004 after the HHHOF just finished setting up its initial IPO. In it, Carla Hay states J.T. Thompson is set to re-launch the HHHOF Museum in NYC, and that HHHOF has a mini empire with a non-profit arm for the museum, and a for-profit arm for the restaurant, retail store, and concert lounge! It goes on to name all of the other related events that the HHHOF has produced over the years to get to that point! Then here HHHOF is today, poised to open up the museum and produce the HHHOF Award TV show in 2010! The HHHOF has never stopped pushing the limits with out-of-the-box thinking.

Then the NMOHH “crosses the final line” when they announce publicly that they will be producing a “Hall of Hip Hop Awards show”. Imagine someone saying that they were going to produce a Hall of Rock Awards Show! Once again not doing their research, the NMOHH did not realize that the HHHOF had already taken legal action against another group for calling themselves “the Halls of Hip Hop Stores”! They settled and changed their names to “H3 and the Hip Hop Soda shops” (H3=Halls of Hip Hop), and they have since gone out of business, not having HHHOF’s total concept and name to sustain that business. HHHOF knew at that moment that they were dealing with folks who had not done their due diligence, as it is hard to declare yourself an authority of Hip Hop culture when your FAQ is without factual information as to the validity the HHHOF story to this point.

“The NMOHH proposal in this economy to build a $200 million dollar Hip Hop museum is reckless and irresponsible! As a real estate developer, we could re-do Harlem USA from what it is, to what is was supposed to be when the HHHOF lobbied for empowerment zones in 1992-96, and construct 5 towers, housing, with Harlem beautification, 3,000 new jobs, 500 new housing units, and 25 stores, a mall, and entertainment with community services, with a $3.5 billion economic impact for NYC with that amount,” stated J.T. Thompson. HHHOF will announce a similar plan in June 2010, as these are some of the things that make J.T. Thompson reconsider taking up the offer from community leaders to run for Congress later this year, as we are suffering from a “leadership who is bankrupt of new ideas,” and HHHOF will address them at its leadership symposium on CSPAN in June 2010!

The Original and Official Hip Hop Hall of Fame was created in 1992 by CEO and Executive Producer of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards TV Show J.T. Thompson, who while working on the L.A. Gang Truce Alliance with godmothers Congresswomen Maxine Waters and Diane Watson and Community Leaders, was moved to create the HHHOF and the Hip Hop TV Network as fundraising programming vehicles to raise money for “Gangs & At-risk Youth Programs” in Los Angeles first then throughout the USA!

However, it has not been an easy ride to the culmination. Later in June 2010 with the unveiling of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum and Entertainment Complex in Manhattan! The media and mogul hyped East-West fictional feud almost cost Mr. Thompson his entire life savings, but it costs the lives of two of his favorite people, Biggie and Tupac! “The ‘Hip Hop World’ was tainted and stained back then, and we call pre-Biggie and Tupac ‘Hip Hop B.C.’, and post-Biggie and Tupac ‘Hip Hop A.D.’,” stated J.T. Thompson. “We took two buildings valued at $1.5 million and put them up for collateral to independently finance the BET syndication and re-broadcast deal in 1994 for the first Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards Show that aired in national syndication and on the BET Cable Network that is now owned by Viacom/MTV.

Throughout the years we have had groups, executives, and Investor/partners make promises of support and later renege as well as just blatantly utilize our brand to make money for themselves without our project coming to fruition!

A major example of this has put MTV and VH1 in a liability position, as they are perpetuating the damage to our HHHOF brand by continuing to publish the articles that appear on their sites claiming that the “First Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards” was in 2002? Similar to the Viacom case against YouTube, you are responsible for what you are reporting, and when the truth is revealed you are to make changes.

This 2002 event listed in fact was the same event that HHHOF executives complained about to BET Cable Networks then (now owned by Viacom/MTV/VH1) without filing any claim or lawsuit, and enabled BET Cable Networks to pull out of this event, as they thought they were dealing with J.T. Thompson whose show was recently on the network. In fact it was imposters, who used HHHOF’s name without licensing it for a super-conference and a board game that have since gone out of business, costing HHHOF millions of lost potential revenues at the time. And HHHOF can now ask, why hasn’t the HHHOF Awards show been back on BET, and is it one of the “only black run, not owned anymore” networks in the USA?

None of these things would even be mentioned if the NMOHH would simply just stop using the HHHOF name. We will share many of these adventures including the NAACP, Queen Latifah, Raycom, Vibe, Motown TV, UPN, RMD, and Inter-Vision Deals that fell thru, and many more intimate details and contracts in our upcoming 18th Hip Hop Hall of Fame Anniversary DVD with a bonus album being produced by Easy Mo Bee to debut this summer!

We are excited about the year 2010 for the “State of Hip Hop” and we hope to partner with more corporations and community groups to reach the people and communities that have helped Hip Hop history and economics over the years! The Hip Hop Hall of Fame is open to all parties who care about Hip Hop.

You can follow the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards Show, and the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum & Entertainment Complex at HipHopHoF.TV, Facebook.com/hiphophofmuseumcomplex, Myspace.com/hiphophof, or Twitter/hiphophof.

For more information on ticket sales, artist participation, sponsorship & advertising opportunities, or media inquiries, contact Hip Hop TV Networks and the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards representatives, Adrienne Smith or Darren Ashley at 917-418-7971 or leave a message at 212-330-8738. By email is hiphophof@gmail.com!

 

 

 

December 04, 2009

Hip Hop TV Network Channels Preps NAPTE and Signs IPTV Pact with Hip Hop HOF Web-site HipHopHoF.Com

Hip Hop 1-TV and Hip Hop 2-Movie Channels will start airing IPTV “webisodes”, until its launch with National Broadcasters in May 2010!

NEW YORK, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ — The Hip Hop TV Network Channels have made it official by reaching an agreement to become the official Hip Hop Hall of Fame TV programming partner affiliate! “The deal calls for joint programming initiatives beginning online with the soft launch of hiphophof.com the fan and artist social networking site to debut on December 14, 2009. The network will then later expand to national broadcasters, cable, mobile, VOD, and satellite TV services in May 2010,” stated Julian Ramiu, VP of Programming.

This will automatically push back the previously announced hiphophof.com launch date of December 4th to December 14th! However, the Hip Hop Hall of Fame, during this “cyber sales week”, will still Honor the first 1,000 fans receiving special invites to HHHOF Museum “unveiling party”, and the first 10,000 fans with their names listed in a special Museum Exhibit with their (2) free gifts, when they sign-up for paid “VIP Memberships for $24.99″ via Pay-Pal’s ‘send money button’ to hiphophof@gmail.com starting December 4, 2009, according to Easy AD, SVP, Director of Non-profit division.

The VIP fans will receive a confirmation of their membership, and be the first to receive any (2) gifts from either the HHHOF Collectible T-shirt, Calendar, or Anniversary DVD set for 2010! They will be contacted for which gifts they are requesting, and be sent all pertinent information, as membership benefits, contests, and programs will be featured on the site starting December 14, ’09!

Hip Hop 1-TV is a 24 hour all hip-hop television network channel. The network will feature daily shows, and weekly programs, themed video segments, and annual television specials. The network will be an artists and celebrity driven themed programmer that is geared to both the national and international hip hop audiences. Shows include breaking news, feature stories, interviews, live events, behind the scenes all-access, and on-site remote broadcasts with the artists we love to hear, communicating our own Culture messages and images for generations to come.

Hip Hop 2-Movie Channel is a 24 hour all hip-hop Movie Channel. Movies have been an important staple in everyday hip hop life, and will now be available 24/7 to the hip hop audience. The channel will feature the biggest names in Hollywood, hip-hop, and independent filmmakers. Original films, documentaries, and biographies will be produced in house, and in collaboration with artists, labels, and Hollywood studios. There will be all access shows, interviews, how to get in the biz, and “on-the-set” show segments that will make up non-film programming on the network.

“Hip hop culture has needed its very own medium to reach the world! The Hip Hop TV Network Channels founded in 1992, launching the HHHOF Awards TV Show before the internet, will become the “Brand” leader of pushing hip-hop Culture, Politics, Fashion, Drama, News, and Lifestyles to vast audiences, and empowering artists, independents, fans, labels, and entrepreneurs who dare to change the world! We will have a major push for Job openings, Internships, co-partnerships, and collaborations in the weeks and months to come,” stated founder J.T. Thompson.

The first programs will be web-episodes on hiphophof.com during the launch of the “Hip Hop-A-Thon” national campaign on December 14 that will continue thru April 2010, during the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards TV Show week! The channels will then expand and be featured on hiphoptvnet.com the ventures future home-site in 2010.

Hip Hop-A-Thon Programming ————————–

*HNN: The Hip Hop News Network —————————— The daily dose of hip hop news, events, headlines, and gossip!

*Hip Hop Hall of Fame TV: ————————- The Weekly hip-hop doc, combines artist interviews, discography, and history.

*Hip Hop 1-TV: ————– The daily show mix and weekly themed video segments

*Hip Hop 2-Movie Channel: ————————- To feature original films, shorts, interviews, and on-scene reports. (VOD)

*Fight the Power TV ——————- The first Hip Hop ‘Leadership & Power’ Talk Forum. (issues, news, events, v-blogs)

*Hip Hop Boardroom —————— Fans participate in the ‘making of’ the HHHOF Awards, and development of the HHHOF Museum & Entertainment Complex in NYC. (interactive reality show)

“The Hip Hop TV Network Channels will be represented at the upcoming NAPTE Television Producers Conference, solidifying distribution and marketing partnerships for 2010-2011 broadcasting season. The first national television special for the network will be the return of the ‘flagship’ Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards TV Show. It will air in April 2010 with a national broadcasting partner to be announced, and then it is to be re-aired on the Hip Hop 1-TV Network in May of 2010,” stated Julian Ramiu.

Source: Hip Hop TV Network

 

 

$10 Million in Funding For The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum

NEW YORK, Nov. 24 /PRNewswire/ — After two decades in development, and the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards TV show broadcast in syndication and on BET Cable Network in the 90s; the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum & Entertainment Complex gets halfway to realizing its grand opening in the heart of New York City in late 2010 by securing $10 million in funding. The HHHOF is poised to become the Hip-Hop institution of record for the 21st century, as reported in Billboard Magazine. It has two arms, the non-profit HHHOF Museum Foundation, which will oversee the museum, exhibits, and community outreach with “pioneers” of rap, and the for-profit HHHOF Global Media Group which will operate the restaurant, retail gift shop, concert lounge, TV studios, co-branded entertainment divisions, merchandising, special events, and corporate partnerships.

The Advisory Board members are illustrious and include legends Grandmaster Caz of the Cold Crush Bros, RockHall inductee Melle Mel, Kurtis Blow, Pebblee Poo, L.A. Sunshine, Kool Herc, and the late Mr. Magic, and HHHOF inductee Jam Master Jay of Run DMC, to name a few.

The HHHOF will provide 300 jobs, internships, co-branded marketing opportunities, as well as educational events and outreach programs for the youth and families. The economic impact in the City of New York is expected to be over $350 million over five years, from on-site and off-site programming, tourism, B2B local commerce, consumer spending, and city tax revenues. The HHHOF, in conjunction with its kids mascot “B-Boy Scratch & Friends,” will also mentor over 20,000 NYC public school children per year with special field trips to the complex being dubbed as the new “Urban Theme Park.”

“After 26 months of talks and negotiations, that yielded a few false starts and stops along the way, has come to a suitable arrangement by matching funds that may be increased,” says J.T. Thompson, the chairman and creator-executive producer. The investment package was put together by Jackson Securities & Investment Bankers out of Atlanta in 2004, and was recently re-released for funding to various investment groups, celebrities, athletes, and corporate partners. We can appreciate our struggles and triumphs, like David Blumenfeld of Blumenfeld Development of NYC, who toiled for over 15 years, like the HHHOF, on the Harlem East River Plaza, set to open this year. We encountered many of the same challenges and sacrifices over the years.

The HHHOF “Hip Hop-A-Thon” campaign kicks off with the launch of HIPHOPHOF.COM, the official fan, artist, and industry social networking website and magazine set to go live on December 4. First 1,000 VIP members to sign up will be invited to attend a special “HHHOF Complex Unveiling Party” during the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards TV Show Week in NYC March 2010. First 10,000 VIP members will have their names listed in the permanent “HHHOF Founding Partners Exhibit” inside the HHHOF Museum. All VIP members will receive two (2) free gift choices of a collectible T-shirt, calendar or HOF anniversary DVD to be released in 2010.

“We wanted to give the fans and the lovers of Hip Hop around the world an opportunity to give to the ‘museum cause’ and to have a ‘pride of ownership stake and voice’ in what we do at the HHHOF Museum Complex and in the communities we serve. We have been often imitated but will never be duplicated, as Hip Hop legends have paved the way, and our goal is to expand the culture, with ‘barrier breaking’ leadership and development internationally well into the 21st century. HHHOF inductees will be announced in December, when tickets for the TV Awards show go on sale,” stated J.T. Thompson.

 

 

Apr 24, 2008 

InterVision Network Corporation (IVNET) Now the Exclusive Technology Backbone of Hip Hop Hall of Fame (HHHOF); Will Deliver HHHOF Content to Millions Globally on World Class Multimedia Network

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO–(Marketwire – April 24, 2008) – InterVision Network Corporation (PINKSHEETS: IVSW) (see website www.ivnet.tv) announced today the formation of a joint venture with the New York-based tourist attraction the Hip Hop Hall of Fame (HHHOF) that will make IVNET their exclusive technology backbone. IVNET brings HHHOF the ability to directly reach millions upon millions of potential museum visitors and online consumers around the globe. With the ability to have over 25 years worth of digitally re-mastered hip hop content disseminated to user computers, cell phones and internet protocol television outlets, on a world-class multimedia network with unparalleled Digital Rights Management (DRM) HHHOF Founder and CEO J.T. Thompson has found, in IVNET, a partner that will truly take him global.

“The Revolution will be televised and blogged, and the Hip Hop Hall Of Fame will be right there,” said creator/producer J.T. “J-Train” Thompson. “This colossal deal with IVNET will change the game. I have already received great feedback from D.J. Quick of the Hip Hop Nation in America when he heard about this project. The Hip Hop Hall of Fame will promote fan participation, community leadership, urban development and user-based ownership, all on a global level.”

Thompson continued, “Our multi-media broadcasting, publishing, and global distribution deal with IVNET has given the HHHOF and Hip Hop TV network entertainment brands the ability to tell Big Boys like MTV, BET and the BBC to move over. IVNET’s world-class multimedia network levels the playing field on all multi-platforms and off-line businesses by enabling us to put millions upon million of eyeballs on our content. IVNET is also changing how the world interacts with the media and is a tool that empowers the people to bring about positive change. We are pleased that the Hip Hop Hall Of Fame awards show will return to television as seen on BET and on national syndication in 1992.”

As part of the joint venture, IVNET will be the exclusive provider of a “turn key” multimedia network to the HHHOF. These valuable services will include use of IVNET’s proprietary custom streaming server network with 283 distinct streaming servers located in secure Equinix data facilities, and built on a dark-fiber backbone power by telecom industry giants including Level 3 Communications and Deutsch Telekom. Other services will include custom web design, original graphic design, web hosting, video editing, video production, post production, live webcast streaming, video archive system creation and administration, online blogs/forum administration, cell phone streaming, iPhone and iPod transmission encoding, pay-per views including widows mobile pay-per views, 3GP encoding for video-card enabled cell phones and suitable internet platforms, merchandise fulfillment, turn-key e-commerce/merchant account hosting with open books membership, database collection, website hosting and marketing services.

“Now is the time to let the world know that IVNET is the premiere multimedia network for global broadcasting,” said IVNET EVP of Marketing and Development Richard A. Luthmann. “We have begun the process of building a ready client base, targeting the 17,643 local television stations that will be directly affected by the analog to digital switchover in February of 2009. Where the cable companies like Comcast, Cablevision and Time Warner charge a monthly national average of $42,000 to broadcast content to a limited audience, IVNET has live streaming packages beginning as low as $5,000 per month. Local channels and other content providers now can reach local audiences and global audiences alike — right on their computers and cell phones.”

IVNET also announced that the scheduled April 26th broadcast of the MMA “King of the Streets” event has been postponed. Luthmann said, “Our broadcasts are top quality, and we ensure that the technological requirements are non-negotiable. This is why we can do what no one else in the world does as a provider of live streaming video delivery to a global audience.”

ABOUT INTERVISION NETWORK CORPORATION (IVNET)

IVNET, the world leader in IP broadcasting development and related technologies, is the first and only truly Global Online Broadcasting Network. Founded in 2005 and publicly traded as of January 2008 as InterVision Network Corporation (PINKSHEETS: IVSW), IVNET develops original programming and distributes entertainment and business content for corporate partners.

 

 

RMD Entertainment Group JV Secures Exclusive TV “Hip Hop Hall of Fame” Event

Posted on: Tuesday, 28 November 2006,

RMD Entertainment Group (PINKSHEETS: RMDG), in conjunction with co-executive producer Global Media LLC, announced today exclusively in an interview on MN1.com (www.mn1.com) that the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards, Induction Ceremony and Concert (the “Event”) will take place at the legendary Apollo Theater, New York, NY. The date of the Event will be announced through all major TV media outlets.

The two-hour special Event will be produced by Global Media LLC and ION Media Networks pursuant to the mutual satisfaction of the Licensor and Licensee. ION Media Networks, Inc. (formerly Paxson Communications Corporation) is a network television broadcasting company which owns and operates the largest broadcast television station group in the United States, as measured by the number of television households in the markets the Company’s stations serve. ION provides network programming seven days per week, 24 hours per day, through its broadcast television station group and pursuant to distribution arrangements with cable and satellite distribution systems.

Co-executive producers Global Media LLC and RMD Entertainment Group have further agreed that RHN.TV (Real Hip Hop Matrix) (RMHX) will distribute the Event thereafter through U.S. cable, satellite and internet networks.

Giorgio Costonis, CEO of RMD Entertainment Group, stated, “We are delighted with our role to executive produce this spectacular star-studded Event with such venerable partners. RMDG now adds these shared revenue drivers along with our partners including, but not limited to, advertising, branding, merchandise sales, DVD sales, Pay-Per-View sales, Video-on-Demand, and MOTV subscriptions, all of which we will channel with highly exclusive and sought-after hip-hop content.”

Global Media LLC (Owner & Operator of Hip Hop Hall of Fame) CEO James T. Thompson stated, “Hip Hop Hall of Fame has once again become an astonishingly hot property. The advent of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls being inducted into the Hip Hop Hall of Fame a decade after their deaths only serves to make the Event all the more exciting. Hip-hop culture is a ‘Madison Avenue’ sweetheart as is evidenced everywhere in the popular media. Our Joint Venture organization will be booking major advertising campaigns with several well-known brand names and a major credit card vendor for this special Event. The talent roster for the Event is a who’s who of hip-hop entertainment. Event details, hosts, presenters, performances and Event DJs, along with special appearances, will be released in

in the near future…

About ION Media Networks

ION Media Networks, Inc. owns and operates the nation’s largest broadcast television station group and the i network, reaching over 92 million U.S. television households via its nationwide broadcast television, cable and satellite distribution systems. For more information, please visit www.ionmedia.tv.

About RMD Entertainment Group

RMD Entertainment is a cutting-edge entertainment company that is primarily focused on the development and international marketing of ‘hip-hop’ music, including compact discs, digital downloads, and personal ‘ring tones’ for mobile phone customers, as well as other ‘hip-hop’ lifestyle products. The Company has also created MOTV, the ability to stream video content to mobile devices, including cell phones and PDA’s. The Company currently possesses an impressive hip-hop music catalogue, which it distributes through Bungalo Records and Universal Music Group (a subsidiary of Vivendi Universal in North America) and in Europe through the Pickwick Group Ltd. of London. www.rmd-entertainment.com/

Forward-looking statements in this news release relating to the Company’s expectations regarding RMDG, ION demand and pricing are made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used herein, words such as “expect” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions made by and information available to RMDG Entertainment Group ION Media Networks, Inc….

 

 

 

Hip Hop Hall of Fame and Hip Hop TV Networks Team Up with AOL Video for Online TV Channels and Programming…

Winter 2005

News Release

AOL Video Adds Online Movie Downloads from Paramount Pictures Digital Entertainment
Additional New On-Demand Channels Spanning Multiple Genres Also Available Soon Through Five New PartnershipsDULLES, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AOL today announced a partnership with Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, that will offer consumers downloadable movies and television shows through the AOL Video portal. This announcement is in addition to the partnerships AOL previously announced with other major movie studios including 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group. Available on the Web at http://www.aolvideo.com, the AOL Video portal is a one-stop, high-quality entertainment destination to find, watch and share millions of free streaming and pay-to-download videos from across the Web, broadcast and cable television, and movies.Through AOL Video, a wide range of movie and television titles from Paramount Pictures are now available for download with prices ranging from $9.99 to $19.99 per movie. Once downloaded, videos can be viewed offline as well as on other PCs and compatible portable devices. New releases, TV specials, library hits and cult favorites will be available from Paramount Pictures including Failure to Launch, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Chinatown at launch and new hits such as Nacho Libre and M:i:III will be available soon. The movie content from Paramount Pictures further builds up AOL Video’s library of more than 300 titles currently available from major movie studios.

“By adding content from Paramount Pictures, as well as several new branded video-on-demand channels, we continue our commitment to providing consumers with an all-in-one destination for finding and enjoying millions of free and pay-to-download videos,” said Kevin Conroy, Executive Vice President of AOL. “The new partnerships we are announcing today bring even greater breadth, depth and variety to our ever-growing library of high quality, branded content.”

“We believe that AOL will be one of the key catalysts for digital distribution of long-form content given their loyal online community and broad marketing capabilities. It is a great vehicle for extending the reach of Paramount’s feature film library to an attractive broadband customer base,” said Thomas Lesinski, President, Paramount Pictures Digital Entertainment. “We are very excited to be in the digital distribution business with AOL.”

In addition, as part of AOL Video’s ongoing expansion of its branded, video-on-demand channel line up AOL also announced today new partnerships with BlueHighways TV, The Employment & Careers Channel, The Hip Hop Hall of Fame, MyPath*TV and Plum that will offer additional television and other programming over the coming weeks through the AOL Video portal’s online interactive programming guide (IPG). The AOL Video IPG brings together free and download-to-own video content and organizes it into video-on-demand channels The channels presented by these new partners will complement the 49 on-demand channels AOL announced previously. Programming from these new partners will include:

  • BlueHighways TV, a television network that explores the folklore, roots music, traditions, destinations, festivals and artistry of America, will feature bluegrass and western lifestyle programming.
  • The Employment & Careers Channel (TECC), which produces, aggregates, publishes and distributes career management, recruitment and employment programming covering a broad spectrum of subjects including job acquisition, career advancement, money management and work-life balance.
  • The Hip Hop Hall of Fame and its multi-media entertainment division will offer AOL Video users a piece of “Hip Hop History” through channels that feature daily and weekly television programming, concert specials and rare looks inside Hip Hop Hall of Fame events and artists.
  • MyPath*TV, the Mind, Body & Spirit channel, will offer a deep collection of programming featuring recognized teachers and experts in wellness and spirituality to inform, enlighten, and rejuvenate.
  • Plum, which produces highly localized programming for popular destinations including Aspen, the Hamptons, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Telluride and Vail, will offer local news and informational videos geared for both year-round residents and visitors in addition to content produced for all the Plum stations.

The AOL® Video portal (http://www.aolvideo.com) is a one-stop online destination to find watch and share millions of the best videos from across the Web, broadcast and cable television, and entertainment including movies, music videos, news, user-generated content and full-length TV shows. AOL Video features free streaming videos as well as the ability to purchase and download full-length content that can be viewed on multiple devices and PCs, online or offline. At the center of the AOL Video portal is one of the Web’s first online interactive programming guides which brings together thousands of hours of video programming and organizes it into more than 50 branded video-on-demand channels. AOL Video also features industry-leading video search powered by technology from Truveo™ and Singingfish®, and a video player that can go full screen without losing picture quality and that supports AOL’s exclusive Hi-Q™ video format to watch up to DVD-quality videos online.

About AOL AOL is a global Web services company that operates some of the most popular Web destinations, offers a comprehensive suite of free software and services, runs the country’s largest Internet access business, and provides a full set of advertising solutions. A majority-owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX), AOL LLC is based in Dulles, Virginia. AOL and its subsidiaries also have operations in Europe, Canada and Asia. Learn more at AOL.com.

 

 

 

Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum In the Works

BILLBOARD MAGAZINE MARCH 2004

Plans are underway for a Hip-Hop Hall of Fame Museum, which will open in November in New York. Organizers of the museum — including Hip-Hop Hall of Fame Awards founder/executive producer James “J.T.” Thompson and legendary artist Grandmaster Caz — last week announced plans for a Hip-Hop Hall of Fame mini-empire, which will include the museum, a televised awards show and a TV network called Hip-Hop 1. The museum will house memorabilia and historical records, as well as a TV studio, a retail store and a themed restaurant. The Hip-Hop Hall of Fame ceremony was first televised on BET in 1996, but organizers say competition from the Source Hip-Hop Awards (which has been televised on UPN and BET) in part hindered plans to bring the award show back to TV. But with the planned opening of the museum in November, organizers are aiming to televise the next Hip-Hop Hall of Fame ceremony, which will take place in February 2005. The Hip-Hop Hall of Fame also plans to stage other events, including the Urban Music Festival and Back 2 School Music & Fashion Fest. The 1999 Urban Music Festival, featuring Goodie Mob and the Ying Yang Twins, aired on NBC. There will also be a Hip-Hop Hall of Fame reunion concert featuring host Grandmaster Caz and performances by several artists, including Rob Base, Melle Mel and Raheim. The concert will take place May 19 at private location in New York. Thompson says that the organization is in talks with the USA Network and Fox to televise the event, which may be released on home video/DVD. Grandmaster Caz is also the president of the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame’s music and video operations. Hip-Hop 1, headed by chief programming officer Craig Cason, is expected to initially launch later this year on satellite TV for up to 10 hours a week and expand to 24-hour programming next year. The Hip-Hop Hall of Fame organizers say that they will reveal the exact location of the museum at a later date, but they did confirm that it will be an existing building in midtown Manhattan. The museum plans to host workshops and seminars aimed at improving communities and hip-hop relations in the music industry.

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The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Executive Produces The WhoRidas “Corner Store” Albumwith BaySide Distribution and Tower Records..

Proceeds to Benefit Museum…

whoridas - corner store pic-hhhof music

 

Corner Stone

© 2002 Hip-Hop Hall of Fame

Artist:WhoRidas (The)

Release Date:Oct 2002

Format:CD

Record Label:Hip-Hop Hall of Fame

Genre:R&B, West Coast Rap

UPC:679267012028

Product ID: EPID3490851

Description: Producers include: Tone Capone, DJ Rectangle, Lev Berlak

 

 

The NBC Televised McDonald’s Heritage Bowl that featured the Hip HopHall of Fame Pre-Game Concert Series to be re-organized..

Heritage Bowl Suspended for 2000

February 10, 2000

ATLANTA – The commissioners of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), along with the Executive Director of the Historically Black Collegiate Coalition (HBCC), announced today that the Heritage Bowl for 2000 would not be played.

The existing agreement, entered into by both leagues and NBC Television in the fall of 1998, was for two years (covering the 1998 and 1999 games) with an exercisable option by either party for subsequent years.

The Heritage Bowl, which is owned by the SWAC & MEAC conferences, will take the time and reevaluate all aspects of the event. including television and marketing rights, and conference structure as It relates to who plays in the game.

The Heritage Bowl has been a showcase for the country’s two premiere Historically Black College conferences,” said MEAC Commissioner Charles Harris, “Although we are disappointed with the postponement of the 2000 game, we are optimistic about the potential growth of this post-season event”

SWAC Commissioner Rudy Washington explains, “When the concept of the Heritage Bowl was conceived nine years ago, it was an Innovative Idea on the Division I-AA level and its founding fathers are to be commended A lot of work went into making the game a major playmaker in the post-season picture. Unfortunately, local support for the game in the cities that hosted it wasn’t substantial enough to merit continuation of the event. Accordingly, we felt that it was in our best interest to discontinue the game at this time.

HBCC Executive Director Craig Cason, whose company has previously marketed the game states, “The timing for this suspension Is right. The committee will take a hard look at every aspect of the event to determinewhat it will take to get It to the next level.

 

 

The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Joins Russell Simmons, and Hip Hop Luminaries forPeace Summit in the Spirit of the Million Man March in Chicago…

07-19-1997 Farrakhan’s Hip Hop Peace Summit yields album

By Gwen Gilmore

Washington AFRO Staff

Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, opened his home to some of the nation’s most influential performers and producers in the rap music industry. They traveled to Chicago from East, West, North and South to settle their differences in the spirit of the Million Man March and redirect their energy to improve their business returns.

Those present at the Hip Hop Peace Summit were Snoop Doggy Dogg, of the West Coast’s Death Row Records; RussellSimmons of Def Jam Records; East coast rappers Chuck D. and Doug E. Fresh, JT Thompson of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame …

 

 

Billboard Magazine August 1996

Havelock Nelson

Last June, the nonprofit organizing the Hip-Hop

Hall of Fame presents and lensed an Awards show at the

Victoria 5 theater in Harlem, N.Y.. This month, Fox-TV,

Syndicators, and BET Network aired the program, and

According to its director and co-producer J.T. Thompson,

It will be rebroadcast by BET next month. Check y’all’s

local listings for details.

Among those who performed at the event were PMD, Onyx,

Das EFX, Mad Lion, the Fearless Four, and UTFO. Hall of

Fame award recipients included Run-DMC, Afrika Bambaataa’s

And the International Zulu Nation, GrandMaster Flash, and

Kool Herc.

 

 

 

Billboard Magazine November 4, 1995

Havelock Nelson

J.T. Thompson and Juanita Williams of Los Angeles-based

Dove Entertainment have formed an Organization called the

Hip-Hop Hall of Fame Foundation. In May, the foundation

will produce “The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards Show,”

which will be taped at New York’s Apollo Theater for

subsequent Syndication. The producers are also planning to

assemble a soundtrack album featuring performers from the show.