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City to present inaugural hip-hop festival

attends the 2007 VH1 Hip Hop Honors at Hammerstein Ballroom on October 4, 2007 in New York City.
attends the 2007 VH1 Hip Hop Honors at Hammerstein Ballroom on October 4, 2007 in New York City.

Event to highlight positive influences on community

Non-Stop Hip-Hop Live looks to spread the positive influences that hip-hop has on communities by holding the capital city’s inaugural hip-hop music festival, Columbia Hip-Hop Family Day: Love, Peace & Hip-Hop. A family-friendly event, the festival will focus on community empowerment and youth education.

Headlining the festival is Grammy-winning hip-hop artist Kool Moe Dee, a former member of hip-hop group The Treacherous Three. Raised in Harlem, N.Y., and known for his trademark sunglasses, the “How Ya Like Me Now” rapper has made a name for himself as one of the biggest pioneers of the hip-hop culture. Joining Kool Moe Dee on stage will be multiple dynamic performances including disc jockeys and break-dancers.

Aside from hip-hop performances, the festival will also feature a variety of fashion, craft and multicultural food vendors from across the country. Eight barbers will also be on site to give attendees of all ages custom old-school haircuts.

If that isn’t enough, the festival will also feature a giant live art wall where families can grab either a can of spray paint or a set of markers and learn how to write their names in graffiti from professional artists from around South Carolina.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Concerned Black Men of Greater Columbia and The Cooperative Ministries.

Columbia Hip-Hop Family Day takes place Saturday at the 1700 block of Main and Laurel streets from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information on the festival, visit Those interested can also join a Tweet Up on Twitter on Tuesday from 8 ­to 9 p.m. with some of the acts.