Each year some of the cultureâ€™s greats descend upon Atlanta, Georgia for the BET Hip-Hop Awards. Â This yearâ€™s gathering was no different as a whoâ€™s who of hip-hop celebrities, as well as industry experts and avid fans, gathered to highlight the accomplishments of the trendsetters and trailblazers. Among those honored were LL Cool J, who received the â€œI Am Hip-Hop Iconâ€ award.
As an added bonus, some of the movers and shakers in attendance at the 2011 award show got a chance to experience Hip Hop, A Cultural Odyssey, the 400-plus page coffee table book that documents the art formâ€™s storied history and influence through original essays and photos. Here are a few highlights of the behind-the-scenes experience. â€”Anslem Samuel
Atlanta rapper Roscoe Dash is all smiles as he flips through the expansive book.
Anslem Samuel, Senior Producer, has been a culture critic and entertainment journalist for over 10 years. After a four-year stint as Culture Editor at The Source, the New York native became the founding Editor-in-Chief of The Ave, an independent quarterly publication that combined entertainment, social issues and politics. From there, he served as the Senior Editor for XXL magazine for three years before moving up the ranks to Digital Content Director for XXLMag.com. Also heading up an award-winning relationship blog, he now brings his lifestyle expertise to BlackEnterprise.com