ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — November is National Hip Hop month! Hip Hop has been a major factor in American society — a special type of music and movement that was born in the 1970s somewhere in the Bronx of New York. It has become one of the most studied genres in the world!

WFXR’s Hazelmare Anderson went to Strokes of Genius LLC in Roanoke to talk with artists in Southwest Virginia about what Hip Hop means to them.

The celebration of Hip Hop will continue in Roanoke over the weekend. Soul Sessions of Roanoke will be hosting a Soul Delish: A Hip Hop History Month Celebration on Saturday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Spot on Kirk.

WFXR was also joined by members of Virginia Tech’s Flowmigos. According to one member, Hip Hop brings about a sense of community where friendships can be formed.

Lynchburg DJ Swirlout joined WFXR as well to talk about what Hip Hop is for her. She described it as her savior — a way to help express herself.

Strokes of Genius LLC is a safe space where people in the community can come and express themselves with different art forms. According to Douglas Pitzer, founder of Strokes of Genius LLC, the space was originally a tutoring service. However, at the Warehouse, it is a place to explore opportunities.

Strokes of Genius LLC shares many tools and art forms with people in the community like painting, pottery, and more coming soon. For more information about Strokes of Genius LLC and the experiences they offer, visit their website here.