“I’m excited to assist the National Museum of African American Music with engagement and awareness-building opportunities. I am thrilled to be the inaugural membership ambassador for this amazing and necessary music museum,” the singer said in a statement from NMAAM.
One of the galleries, The Message, explores the origins of both hip-hop and rap in the urban decay of New York’s South Bronx Burrough. Museum visitors learn about the era’s minority youth culture, which incorporated DJ-driven music, breakdancing, graffiti art and streetwear fashion into the amalgam of hip-hop. Also emphasized is the way in which technology helps drive hip-hop through the sampling, scratching and beatbox work of its turntablist pioneers.
“We are excited to name Jody Watley as our membership ambassador. Black music finally has a home and with your support, we can make sure it will be here to inspire visitors for years to come,” said Kara Duke, development and membership manager at NMAAM.