Hip-Hop Institute Planned For Queens, New York

Community leaders

in Queens, New York are teaming with Russell Simmons to build a Hip-Hop Institute,

cultural center and museum in Jamaica Queens.

"There's so

much positivity and power in Queens and in hip-hop," Simmons told AllHipHop.com.

"We just need to water the good seeds."

Simmons, along

with Charles Fisher, founder of the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council and Senator

Malcolm Smith came up with the idea for the institute.

Simmons said the

proposed institute plans to feature exhibits, memorabilia, a community center

and classes on hip-hop.

In addition to

Simmons, Queens has produced such stars as Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Capone-N-Noreaga,

AZ, LL Cool J, Irv Gotti, Ja Rule, Run-DMC, 50 Cent, Onyx, Large Professor and