VISION

HIP HOP APPRECIATION WEEK—May 17th - 24th 2020 
Hip Hop Appreciation Week begins every third week in May as a time to acknowledge and appreciate the actual existence of Hip Hop itself. Instead of wondering what happened to “real Hip Hop,” Hip Hop Appreciation Week is an opportunity to answer that question with one’s own approach to Hip Hop. This year Hip Hop Appreciation Week begins May 17th and concludes May 24th 2020. Our theme this year is Vision. 
Often thought of as eyesight, Vision is also insight. It is perception beyond the physical senses; it is more of an intelligent foresight than simply looking or seeing with the eyes. Almost all creative acts require Vision; they require that you see the invisible before it becomes visible. Some call this “imagination”, but it is here that we begin to ask, what is the sight that sees imagination? What is the sight that sees our past, our future and our dreams? It is this Vision that makes life real for us. Whatever the mind can truly see, is what one’s life can truly be.  
During Hip Hop Appreciation Week, May 17th to May 24th 2020, Hiphoppas are encouraged to turn this ability of mind toward ourselves and make the invisible, the visible. Take this time to make the inner-you, the outeryou. Bring your future self into your present. Act like the YOU that YOU know YOU really are; express that YOU this week. During Hip Hop Appreciation Week, May 17th to May 24th 2020, we are advised to: 
Upgrade our study and teaching of Hip Hop’s culture, arts and history.  Acknowledge and celebrate the person or place that introduced you to Hip Hop. Donate your skill to someone who cannot afford it. Seek to help those in need this week. Practice higher levels of civility this week. Deliberately refrain from the violation of laws and traditions. Perform forgiveness. Seek to reconcile the differences that you may have with others this week. If you can, give 10% of your salary to your child’s teacher, or to your teacher, or to a teacher as a gift. Buy and/or read a book related to Hip Hop this week. 
During Hip Hop Appreciation Week, May 17th to May 24th 2020, let us do whatever we can from wherever we are to promote the original intent of Hip Hop to the public, to our children and to ourselves. Remember, Hip Hop is global. So, when we unite, our unity unites the world. Spread the word! It’s Hip Hop Appreciation Week!  
How will you show your appreciation?