June 25, 2020
USPS and The Universal Hip Hop Museum to Host Virtual Dedication Ceremony for Hip Hop Stamps
The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the hip-hop movement with new Forever stamps.
Since its inception more than four decades ago, the electrifying music, dance and art of hip-hop have profoundly influenced American and global popular culture.
This pane of 20 stamps features four elements of hip-hop: MCing (rapping), b-boying (break dancing), DJing and graffiti art. The bold, digitally tinted images on the stamps are intended to appear in motion. There are five stamps of each design. The words “Forever,” “USA,” “Hip Hop” and the name of the element featured appear across the top of each stamp. The stamps are highlighted with a vivid yellow, green, red and black color scheme. The title of the stamp issuance, printed in red and black, is centered on the top of the pane.
Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamps, which feature photographs by Cade Martin.
Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.
News of the stamps is being shared with the hashtag #HipHopPostageStamps.
About The Universal Hip Hop Museum
Anchored in the birthplace of hip-hop, The Universal Hip Hop Museum is the official museum of hip-hop founded by its pioneers. The museum celebrates and preserves the history of local and global hip-hop music and culture from the past, present and future. The museum was built as a space for audiences, artists and technology to converge and create unparalleled educational and entertainment experiences. Visit The [R]Evolution of Hip Hop, a sneak peek immersive journey through history as the museum gears up to officially open its doors in 2023. For more information visit www.UHHM.org
Gary Barksdale, chief postal inspector, U.S. Postal Inspection Service
Rocky Bucano, executive director, The Universal Hip Hop Museum
Kurtis Blow, legendary hip-hop artist
Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 11:00 a.m. ET
The virtual stamp event will be posted on the Postal Service’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
How to View:
If you choose to watch a virtual Postal Service stamp event through your mobile device:
If you choose to watch a virtual Postal Service stamp event through your desktop or laptop, sign in to your Facebook account.
Mobile view: Open Twitter app. If you do not have a Twitter account, you can download the Twitter app and create your own account, or open twitter.com/USPS from your phone’s web browser. Once the ceremony begins, the virtual event will appear at the top of the USPS Twitter feed. If the ceremony does not appear, keep refreshing the page until the event appears.
Desktop view: Sign in to your Twitter account or open twitter.com/USPS from your computer’s web browser. Once the ceremony begins, the virtual event will appear at the top of the USPS Twitter feed. If the ceremony does not appear, keep refreshing the page until the event appears.
A dynamic youth culture emerged in the mid-1970s at playgrounds and community centers in African American and African Caribbean neighborhoods in New York City. The term “hip-hop” refers to four creative activities that developed together: rapping, DJing, break dancing and graffiti art. Even before hip-hop music hit the radio airwaves in 1979, teenagers developed hip-hop for neighborhood fun, for storytelling and to speak out about social issues overlooked by mainstream society.
Over the next several decades, hip-hop grew into a global musical and cultural force. Not only are hip-hop artists found in every corner of the world, but each scene also brings its own contributions to the art form and tells its own local stories.
Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through The Postal Store at usps.com/shopstamps, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic, or at Post Office locations nationwide.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.