Last Tuesday night, we had a experience that will be forever added to the history books of THE BRONX and HIP-HOP.  The Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. & Windows of Hip Hop co-hosted The second annual Hip-Hop Element Awards in the Port Morris section of the South Bronx. The night honored pioneers of Hip-Hop for pushing the culture forward and using its influence to give back to the community.

The honorees for the night: Swizz Beatz, Big Daddy Kane, Mellie Mel, Doug E. Fresh, and “Street Soldiers” reporter, Lisa Evers. The legend, DJ Kool Red Alert received The Element Awards Lifetime Achievement Award.

Seeing two spotlights shining as we pulled up in our Uber should have been the first indicator of how historic a night it would be. We pulled our equipment into Pier 123, a rustic lounge located in The Bronx Black House, filled with camera crews, local bloggers, and a DJ serenading the crowd with the sounds of 90’s & early 00’s Hip-hop. Bronx Brewery beers and a buffet including pasta dishes & pernil were complimentary (and delicious.) Then the night took off.

Melissa Libran, CEO of Windows of Hip Hop & Ruben Diaz, Jr. took the stage to share their hip-hop influences and iterate the role  Hip-Hop played in them standing on a stage. The honorees followed; three decades of pioneers took the stage, accepting awards and delivering speeches while the crowd took photos & shared the moments on social media feeds.


The night commenced in the announcement of a Bronx Hip -Hop Hall of Fame Tower, shaped like a microphone being constructed on top of The Black House. The tower will also house a Windows of Hip Hop School.


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