NBHHCM Foundation Open-Letter to the Hoops & Hip-Hop Culture
NBHHCM (National Basketball & Hip-Hop Culture Month) Foundation founder Derrick E. Vaughan is writing an open-letter to all of the hoops & hip-hop community to show respect and to act with maturity and responsibility as America celebrates NBHHCM 2K11.
Dear Hoops & Hip-Hop Culture Community,
I'm sadden by the events this past weekend in South Beach Miami. This should be a time for celebration as the Miami Heat embark on a journey to bring the city its first NBA Championship in 5-years.
I apologize to the City of Miami Mayor Tom Regalado, the Miami South Beach Police Department, and to the residents of South Beach Miami for the disturbance and disrespect of your businesses, homes, and property.
Starting June 1, 2011 we celebrate the 3rd-year of NBHHCM (National Basketball & Hip-Hop Culture Month). There have been numerous Mayor's and Governor's around the country that have signed Proclamations proclaiming June as the official month of observance for NBHHCM. We as a national community must carry ourselves with maturity, respect and responsibility to show the rest of the nation that we are truly worthy of having a national month of observance in our honor.
The hoops and hip-hop culture can bring lots of fun and economical opportunities to our communities, but we must understand that the violence and bad behavior will only hurt our ability to grow. Our actions will have an impact on the next generation of teenagers and young adults who look to us as role models and for guidance.
I encourage all who are connected to the hoops and hip-hop culture to have fun during NBHHCM 2K11, and remember that this is a time to honor the aesthetics of hoops and hip-hop culture in our neighborhoods and communities. May all of you enjoy The NBA Finals that start tonight between the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks.
The NBHHCM Foundation would also like congratulate the NBA on its upcoming 65th Anniversary of being founded on June 6, 1946.
Derrick E. Vaughan,
Founder NBHHCM Foundation