NC Central’s Shepard Library Celebrating 50 Years of Hip Hop

With support from TRLN’s IDEA funding, North Carolina Central University’s James E. Shepard Memorial Library is presenting “Celebrating 50 Years of Hip Hop” with several events throughout March and April 2023.

Event flyer with image of Biggie Smalls and Black person carrying a stereo.
Event flyer for “Celebrating 50 Years of Hip Hop”


Book Talk with Justin Tinsley

March 30, 2023 at 1:00pm

NCCU School of Nursing Auditorium

Book cover with image of Biggie Smalls.

Justin Tinsley will discuss his book It Was All a Dream: Biggie and the World That Made Him.

Justin Tinsley is a senior sports and culture reporter with ESPN’s The Undefeated. In his six years with the company, Tinsley has written thought-provoking commentary and journalism on a range of subjects including Marvin Gaye, Malcom X, James Baldwin, Serena Williams, Kendrick Lamar, and Cardi B, with a focus on the intersection of sports, race, and culture. He is a regular panelist on ESPN’s daily sports debate talk show Around the Horn and recently worked on a multi-episode 30 for 30 podcast, The King of Crenshaw, on the late rapper, entrepreneur, philanthropist and activist Nipsey Hussle. A graduate of Hampton University and Georgetown University, he lives in Washington, D.C.

Poetry Jam

April 4, 2023 at 2:30pm

Shepard Library 2nd Floor

Shepard Library will host a poetry jam that features spoken word artists, poets, and rappers. This event will feature a DJ, NCCU’s Hip Hop Dance Crew, and will be hosted by student leaders. This event is designed to give students an outlet through which they can express their creativity, engage in a creative process with peers, and celebrate 50 years of Hip Hop with the larger campus community and the community at large.

Art Exhibit & Contest

April 6, 2023 at 10:30am

Shepard Library Bowl

Students from TRLN schools will be invited to submit original works of art that pay tribute to Hip Hop.