Travel Tapes with the Ambassador: The musical journey

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  • Published on December 8, 2022
  • Last Updated December 22, 2022

Toni Blackman, the first official U.S. hip hop ambassador, recounts her journey from the Bay Area to hip hop culture around the world. Part III

Did you know that the United States has many different types of cultural ambassadors? From quilt-making, to basketball, to jazz, and of course, hip hop. In this episode of DETOUR Travel Tapes, Toni Blackman chronicles what a cultural ambassador does and how she became the first official U.S. hip hop ambassador in 2001. Her first post was in West Africa, and that was just the beginning of this musical journey.

Follow Toni Blackman to the end of her journey in part 4 of DETOUR’s travel tapes. If you need a refresher, here are part 1 and part 2 of Blackman’s tour journey,


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