Rap pioneer Kurtis Blow will speak at Garfield Teen Life Center Memorial Day

Rap pioneer and record producer Kurtis Blow will be at the Garfield Teen Life Center giving a talk about solutions to youth violence and hip hop culture Monday as part of the Memorial Day Youth Townhall Forum. Blow is considered the first rapper to be signed to a major record label.

Blow’s talk is part of a morning of events at the Teen Life Center starting at 10 a.m. and going until 1. The Youth Townhall Forum will also feature a video about the Tuskegee Airmen, a chat about youth violence prevention and, of course, a chat about hip hop culture.

From Seattle Parks:

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Youth Violence Prevention Program and Bembry Consulting Services invite you and your youth to come out and join legendary Hip-Hop Pioneer and Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Kurtis Blow, in a talk back at Garfield Teen Life Center on Monday, May 28 from 10am – 1pm to address “The Facts, The Challenge and The Solution” to youth violence and sustainable communities.

Our focus is on youth/young adults 16 – 30 years of age. Spread the word and join us, Let your Voice be Heard!

Here’s the video for Blow’s 1984 single “Basketball.” (I love the karate dance breakdown and the man eating an exceptionally large hot dog in front of a dancing chicken.)


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