Baltimore, Md. (PRWEB) December 7, 2009
http://www.NBHHCM.org The City of Philadelphia and the Honorable Mayor Michael A. Nutter became the second US City to Proclaim June as National Basketball & Hip-Hop Culture Month (NBHHCM). Philadelphia's Proclamation is to observe and honor this upcoming June 2010 and there-after as NBHHCM for the City of Philadelphia and its citizens. Philadelphia also became the first NBA team city to Proclaim NBHHCM.
The City of Baltimore this past June 2009 was the first US City to Proclaim NBHHCM for city and its citizens.
The Philadelphia Proclamation mentions the contributions of basketball Hall-of-Famers Wilt Chamberlain, Julius "Dr. J" Erving, Charles Barkley, and future Hall-of-Famer Allen Iverson.
There have been other star basketball players that have come from Philadelphia and have made a huge impact on the college and pro level. Hall-of-Famer and NBA Champion Earl the Pearl Monroe, Boston Celtics star forward Rasheed Wallace, current 76ers assistant coach Aaron McKie, Lionel "L-Train" Simmons, current New Jersey Nets assistant coach Doug Overton, Bo Kimble, the late Hank Gathers, and a host of other city legends from the playgrounds of Philly have made the city one of the most talented basketball hoop towns in the country.
Philadelphia is the home to the Philadelphia Big 5 http://www.philadelphiabig5.org college programs Lasalle, Penn, Saint Joseph's, Temple, and Villanova. The city rivalry is intense to see which of the programs can recruit the best local talent. Villanova defeated Georgetown in 1985 to win the NCAA Championship, The Georgetown Hoyas of that era led by Patrick Ewing were considered the first-team of the hip-hop culture. The Hoyas were also the first college basketball program to have their own signature basketball shoe (Nike Terminator). The Wildcats will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of their championship in April 2010.
The last NBA Championship team from Philadelphia (1983) was featured in the 1984 pioneering basketball and hip-hop song by legendary rapper Kurtis Blow named "Basketball." The song starts "Basketball is my favorite sport, I like they way they dribble up and down the court, just like I'm the king of the microphone so is Dr. J, and Moses Malone." 1984 was the birth-year of the hoops and hip-hop culture fusion known today as The "Dunkadelic-Era" In America.
There is a talented crop of hip-hop artists that hail from the "City of Brotherly Love." Beanie Sigel and Freeway once members of the Jay-Z Roc-A-Fella Records. The hip-hop band The Roots, rapper and actress Eve, and movie box office star and former rapper Will Smith were all mentioned in the hip-hop section of the Proclamation.
Derrick E. Vaughan the Founder of the NBHHCM Foundation recently presented framed copies of the Philadelphia Proclamation to rap stars Beanie Sigel and Freeway when they came to Baltimore to perform in concert. Vaughan, says "Beans and Freeway were honored to be mentioned in the Proclamation and took photo's holding the Proclamation for The Source Magazine."
Vaughan has presented framed copies of the first NBHHCM Baltimore Proclamation to former NBAer and current Washington Wizards coach Sam Cassell, Denver Nuggets star forward Carmelo Anthony. Cassell and Anthony are both from Baltimore. He also presented framed copies of the Proclamation to basketball stars LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal, rap legend Big Daddy Kane, and hip-hop mogul Jay-Z. James was mentioned in the Baltimore Proclamation with basketball icon Michael Jordan.
Allen Iverson the #1 all-time Most Influential Person to the 25-year history (1984-2009) of the hoops and hip-hop culture fusion will be making his season debut as he returns back to the Philadelphia 76ers tonight against his former team the Denver Nuggets.
Iverson entered the NBA as the first pick of the 1996 NBA Draft and became the 1997 Rookie-of-the-Year. Nicknamed "The Answer" playing in the City of Philadelphia his style, swagger, cornrows, and signature shoes further connected the hoops and hip-hop culture and made A.I. the most popular NBA star who personified the hoops and hip-hop culture in America.
NBHHCM is honored to have the City of Philadelphia Proclaim June 2010 as NBHHCM. Philadelphia is one of the top cities in America where the aesthetics of hoops and hip-hop are a major part of the urban experience.
For more information or media interview request please contact:
Derrick E Vaughan
Founder National Basketball & Hip-Hop Culture Month