Bedtime Buckaroos: “When the Beat Was Born”

Posted on July 26, 2021 by Seth "from Marketing" Spillman in

Join us as we spark imaginations by hosting virtual bedtime stories with “Bedtime Buckaroos,” presented by Paycom.

Storytime plays a vital role in introducing children to the magic of books. Each week we’ll feature a new engaging Western story read by local authors, community leaders, traditional storytellers and Museum staff.

This week, listen to Jabee read “When the Beat Was Born” by Laban Carrick Hill.

“On a hot day at the end of summer in 1973 Cindy Campbell threw a back-to-school party at a park in the South Bronx. Her brother, Clive Campbell, spun the records. He had a new way of playing the music to make the breaks—the musical interludes between verses—longer for dancing. He called himself DJ Kool Herc and this is When the Beat Was Born. From his childhood in Jamaica to his youth in the Bronx, Laban Carrick Hill’s book tells how Kool Herc came to be a DJ, how kids in gangs stopped fighting in order to breakdance, and how the music he invented went on to define a culture and transform the world.”

About the Reader

Jabee is a Emmy Award winning rapper from Oklahoma City whose music, according to Chuck
D. from Public Enemy, “has the potential to change the world.”

His new album is Black Future , released in August 2016 with a 4,000-seat sold out show at The
Criterion in Oklahoma City. The album reached #25 on iTunes. “Monument,” a track from the
album feat. Chuck D., premiered on , and another track, “By Any Means,”
premiered on Mass Appeal.

Jabee received the Oklahoma Gazette’s Woody Award for Best Hip Hop in 2007 and 2009, the
Oklahoma Street Music Award for Album of the Year ( Blood is the New Black ) in 2009, and in
2010 was recognized by URB magazine as an Artist to Watch.
Jabee is an Educator and community Activist. Jabee partnered with Oklahoma Council on
Economic Education, and Citizens Bank to create “Money Moves” a financial Literacy program
for Highschool students.

Jabee also Partnered with OK County Boys n Girls Club to implement, a music education
program for area high school students, Jabee is also an Adjunct professor at ACM at UCO teaching college Hip Hop Studies.
Jabee sits on several boards NE OKC renaissance, Okc Philharmonic associate board, The Clara
Luper Legacy Committee, as well as a Mayor appointed Okc Arts Commissioner
, Congresswomen Kendra Horn presented Jabee with a special Congressional Recognition for his
music, and community work.

Jabee is also an activist and community leader, and has been a leading voice in the Justice for
Julius Campaign. Jabee lead and organized a 131 mile walk from Oklahoma City to The
Oklahoma state Penitentiary, to raise awareness for Julius Jones.

In 2020 Jabee also started a Nonprofit with the OK Mural Syndicate called “With Love” a
nonprofit that advocates and creates public art on the Eastside of OKC.

About the Annie Oakley Society

The Annie Oakley Society is made up of women leaders and philanthropists who, like Annie Oakley, play a significant role in shaping their communities while keeping the values and spirit of the West alive.

Through their efforts, members are working with the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum to build and sustain world-class educational experiences to teach children and families the rich history of the American West.

You can help support the future of AOS and its mission of hands-on education of children and empowering and inspiring the next generation through a donation or by becoming a member of the Annie Oakley Society.

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