The Black Lunch Table (BLT) project will host a special edition edit-a-thon focusing on important but underrepresented New York Hip Hop/rap artists and music from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at Brooklyn Public LIbrary's Central Library branch. A training session will be held at the beginning, but help is available throughout the event.
LAPTOPS WILL BE AVAILABLE to borrow from the library, both PC and Mac. Feel free to bring a friend!
The Black Lunch Table (BLT) project at The Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library, will create, update, and improve Wikipedia articles pertaining to the lives and works of New York hip hop and rap artists from the African Diaspora and their work. Together we will create historical documents that respond to the urgent need for a reconstruction of the art historical record.
All are invited, with no specialized knowledge of the subject or Wikipedia editing experience required. A brief overview of the basics of Wikipedia editing will be given at the start of the edit-a-thon. We will have a library resources and a list of suggested artists and music on hand.
The Black Lunch Table (BLT) is an ongoing collaboration between artists Jina Valentine (Fishantena (talk)) and Heather Hart (Heathart (talk)) which intends to fill holes in the documentation of contemporary art history. In its 10 year existence, the BLT has taken a variety of forms relating to this most recent iteration, in the form of the Wikipedia edit-a-thon. BLT’s aim is the production of discursive sites (at literal and metaphorical lunch tables), wherein cultural producers of color engage in critical dialogue on topics directly affecting our communities. They endeavor to create spaces, online and off, mirroring the activity and creativity present in sites where Blackness and Art are performed.
Central Library first opened its doors to the public on February 1, 1941. With its breathtaking façade, sweeping grand lobby and vast contemporary and historical collections, it has been a Brooklyn icon since its opening. The library was designated a New York City Landmark in 1997 and joined the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.
Central Library is Brooklyn’s home library, and one of New York City’s foremost cultural, civic and educational institutions. It is home to the Brooklyn Collection, the world’s largest public archive for the study of Brooklyn’s social and cultural history; the Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Cultural Center, home to our premiere programing series BPL Presents; the Shelby White & Levon Levy Information Commons, an innovative public coworking and meeting space offering the latest technology; and a Business and Career Center, offering books, resources and assistance on job search, small business entrepreneurship and personal finance. Three floors of collections span a multitude of subjects, and include rare reference resources as well as books and materials in more than 30 languages.
Central Library receives more than 1.3 million visits each year, and items from its collections circulate nearly 2 million times annually. For a limited pilot period, you can donate new and gently-used books.
Suggested artist pages for revision and/or creation! This event-specific list focuses on important hip hop artists of the African Diaspora who are under-represented on Wikipedia. Please add a name if you know someone appropriate who needs a page or needs editing. Please do not add an artist who has a substantial page. We are trying to create new pages and beef up under-represented ones.
Etherpad:BlackLunchTable - List the article you're working on in this live doc to keep track and avoid duplicate work!
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These articles are suggested, be sure they qualify according to Wikipedia's NOTABILITY guidlines before you create a new page. Thanks!
the RZA; Norris, Chris; Lavine, Michael (images by); Wetherby, Craig (images by); Frank 151 (images by); Chang, Sophia (images by) (2005). The Wu-Tang Manual. New York: Riverhead Freestyle. ISBN978-1-594-48018-8. OCLC937338889.
Chang, Jeff (moderator); Kugelberg, Johan (moderator); Conzo, Jr., Joe; Shanté, Roxanne; Fabel, Popmaster; Wiz, Disco; Poo, Pebblee; Tone, Tony; Theodore, Grandwizzard; Caz, Grandmaster; Bambaataa, Afrika (31 October 2009). "A Conversation with Hip Hop's Pioneers"(Video – panel discussion). Cornell University. – "Born in the Bronx: The Legacy and Evolution of Hip Hop" conference from October 31-November 1, 2008 at Cornell University