Filmmakers, scholars and music videographers participate in a panel on the history and future of hip-hop through film. They are, from left, visual artist Monsee; Kevin Kosanovich of The College of William & Mary Hip Hop Collection; Zulu Queen Lisa Lee; Emmy Award winner Jesse Vaughan; Virginia State University instructor and visual artist Rob Roby; and Curators of Hip Hop co-founder Jimmie Thomas.
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The crowd at Jackson Ward’s Gallery 5 was treated to more than a hip-hop concert last Friday as The Cheats Movement presented “Lights, Camera, Action: A Celebration of Hip-Hop Film and Music.” It was an evening for the senses, starting with local artists Goldin, O_Bey and others performing their own independently produced music as clips from classic hip-hop movies streamed along a gallery wall. Later, a panel of experts, including hip-hop legend Queen Lisa Lee of the Zulu Nation, who starred in the classic hip-hop films “Wild Style” and “Beat Street” in the early 1980s, and Emmy Award-winning director Jesse Vaughan, talked about the current state of the hip-hop film industry and the opportunities available for aspiring hip-hop artists to produce independent films.