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Photos: Old School is new again at Video Music Box concert

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Before they were household names, JAY-Z, Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, Mobb Deep, N.W.A, Mary J. Blige and The Notorious B.I.G. appeared on the local TV series “Video Music Box,” which debuted in 1983.
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A couple of downpours in the afternoon did not stop the music.
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Former Knicks star Allan Houston (l.) spends some time at the basketball clinic he put together for the festival in Roy Wilkins Park.
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Borough President Melinda Katz, who sponsored the festival, Council members Daneek Miller and Adrienne Adams join Ralph McDaniels (l., with microphone) on stage.
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The first VMB festival got its start because of the show’s 35th anniversary, but organizers say there will be others to come in the years ahead.

To mark the 35th year of Video Music Box — a TV series that’s as old as hip-hop itself and played an outsized role in making the music happen — Ralph McDaniels, the DJ who created the show and now serves as master of hip-hop for the Queens Library system, staged a concert in Roy Wilkins Park.

Updated 10:34 am, August 28, 2018
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