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Apollo Theater Raises $10 Million For New Programming To Celebrate 80th Anniversary

(AllHipHop News) For 80 years, 253 West 125th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Harlem, New York has been the home of one of the most highly acclaimed proponents of Black art. In celebration of their 80th anniversary, the legendary Apollo Theater will be developing new programming with the help of public crowdfunding.

The Apollo Theater has already raised $10 million of its $20 million goal. Some of the original programming international tour of Apollo Theater production, James Brown: Get on the Good Foot, a contest for amateur singers to create Theater’s Signature Program theme song amongst a variety of others.

One in particular is the Apollo Theater’s Annual Spring Gala, which is scheduled to be held on June 10th. The event, hosted by Wayne Brady, will celebrate the the Theater’s 80th birthday and feature performances from Smokey Robinson, The Isley Brothers, Natalie Cole and many others.

Originally built in 1913-1914 as a whites-only establishment named the Hurtig & Seamon’s New Burlesque Theater, the Apollo Theater has been a consistent hub for African American art.

The public is encourage to donate at the Apollo Theater Support Page.

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Long Island (New York) Hiphop Artist “Young Ray”

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Born and raised in Long Island, New York where many hip hop pioneers have begun, has highly influenced my love of music. My stage name is Young Ray, and I have been in the music industry for five years so far, learning and obtaining knowledge to better myself with my career.

I began listening to “50 Cent”, “Eminem”, ”Young Jeezy”, and “Pretty Ricky”. Quickly inspired I began writing ideas down and working with making words rhyme. People then saw what my admiration was in life and turned away from me and hated the fact that I wanted to pursue music. I turned to music and writing as a way to fully express the emotions I felt. Writing poetry allowed me to show people what I am capable of doing and doing it in a positive way. Many people said what they felt with their negative opinions towards my decisions, but I didn’t allow it to bring me down. It actually gave me more motivation and more positive energy to prove everyone wrong.

When I graduated high school, I took my music to the next level. I began linking up with local artists feeling out new flows and learning new ways to approach the microphone. I then met B Divine, a producer, DJ, artist, and hip hop enthusiast. B Divine and I met at a local recording studio, and began working together each complimenting the other with our individual style of music. He introduced me on to the old school hip hop culture and opened me up to a new way of thinking. It was then that I began to collaborate with many artists of all different styles including hip hop legend, Tragedy Khadafi. I am featured on the mixtape from DJ Modesty overseas in France as well as a number of other mixtapes and have been featured on various radio shows throughout the U.S. I have been dedicating all of my time to writing, recording, and performing in order to pursue this dream, music has quickly become my life.

Since day one the progress has been nonstop, the learning experiences have boosted my ability to educate myself with a better knowledge of how to take on everyday obstacles in my life. Not only have I built a stronger mentality, but I have helped the few that stand strong by my side. I hope that in the future, I can reach out and help everyone that was once in my shoes. Let’s see where this path leads me.

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