A few moments later, (Leah) Keturah Ceasar aka Ms. K, a locally-renowned hip-hop dancer, activist and filmmaker, along with her partner Kash Kuumba, another local hip-hop artist, stepped to the mic. At first I thought they were about to rap, to which I would have taken that as my cue to go to the bar. Not that I had something against them rockin' the mic but I had worked up a sweat on the dance floor and could have used a brief intermission to refill my glass. But instead of spitting a hot sixteen, the two used the platform to speak about the need for neighborhood transformation, better education and job creation. Then they did something totally unexpected: The two Hip-Hop artists, mostly known around town for beats, breakin' and rhymes, had officially announced their candidacy for Philadelphia city council.
Simply put: They wanted us to not only vote for change but to cast our vote for Hip-Hop.
My refill would have to wait for a few minutes more, as I needed to get closer to the stage to hear them better. I was both intrigued and excited. With Hip-Hop dominating all aspects of U.S. culture - scratch that, international culture - is it possible for Hip-Hop to make the leap from the streets to City Hall?
Later that evening I approached Ms. K about her (and Kuumba's) run for public office. I asked if we could hook up later to talk more about this budding Hip-Hop Party. She agreed and the following weekend, we met at Kaffa Crossing, Philadelphia's favorite Ethiopian coffee shop, for a little lunch, a little politics and a little hip-hop.
Listen below as Keturah aka Ms. K, one-half of the Hip-Hop Party for city council ticket, speaks about the Hip-Hop Party and why we should definitely take their run for office serious.