ROANOKE, Va. – Roanoke is celebrating Black History through hip hop.
From the rappers to the video and music production, the “We Are Art” rap cypher brings together Black talent from the area to share a powerful message.
With lyrics like, “Acting hard is an ugly façade. We need love in the forefront, not just in the market or the storefront,” the idea is to show Roanoke is for everyone.
The video was filmed at the Grandin Theatre and features seven local rappers, each of them writing a verse saluting Black art, culture and accomplishments.
Artists include Kahlil Alexander, Eboni Harrington, Dylan Dent, Dionte Hall, Rich Miller, Tyler Langhorn and Laquisha Moore.
The verses were recorded at the Roanoke Public Libraries Melrose Avenue branch.
Roanoke Arts Commission and Feeding Southwest Virginia Community Solutions Center were also part of this project.
Macklyn Mosley, community services assistant at Roanoke Public Libraries and a member of the arts commission, was the project’s creative director. He said there is significance in choosing hip hop.