Today the Kennedy Center announced it’s first director of hip hop culture and contemporary music, Simone Eccleston.
According to the press release, Eccleston will be leading a center-wide commitment to hip-hop culture and contemporary music, which includes R&B, soul, folk and roots, indie, world music and Latin music.
“With the Kennedy Center serving as the preeminent home for our nation’s arts and culture, the creation of a programmatic platform for hip-hop culture is deeply significant.” says Eccleston.
Last year, the Kennedy Center appointed rapper & producer Q-Tip as its first artistic director for hip-hop culture.
She will assume the role March 13th.