Eldred Harris of the Cornell Hip-Hop Collection's advisory board will speak on Saturday at "Days of F.I.R.E.," a Rochester community event exploring the social and economic factors surrounding hip-hop's beginnings and how urban poverty and "the creation of the prison industrial complex is connected to the development of this powerful music form." The talk will be preceded by a community potluck at 6 p.m.
The Cornell Hip-Hop Collection is a rare artifact and manuscript library collection housed at Cornell University. After retiring from the recording industry, Johan Kugelberg began to accumulate remnants from the emergent hip-hop movement out of the South Bronx, and the early years of the genre in New York City. Years of collecting original flyers, posters, cassettes, and vinyl records resulted in a massive collection of early hip-hop paraphernalia that he donated to Cornell in 1999. This initial contribution became the core of the Cornell Hip-Hop Collection, which has since grown to include more than 15,000 rare artifacts documenting the birth of hip-hop.
Eldred Harris will present "Days of F.I.R.E. and Birth of a Hip-Hop Nation" on Saturday, April 4, at the Rochester Baha'i Center, 693 East Avenue. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (lecture and discussion at 7 p.m.) Free.