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Veteran EBV Entrepreneur Grads partner on Hip Hop Hall of Fame-Museum and HipHopHoF.TV Development and Distribution


New York, NY – Veteran’s partner and support one another in the development of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum & Entertainment Complex that is coming to New York City. According to Crain’s, the United States Government, nonprofits and private-sector enterprises have taken steps to support entrepreneurial veterans. The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities offers training at seven universities nationwide, in partnership with the SBA. Two recent graduates of the University of Connecticut EBV program have reunited in partnership to utilize their national contacts and resources to expand the Hip Hop Museums multi-media division offerings to include hospitality, live entertainment, and community outreach through urban training and development programs.

Brooklyn born, Queens, Harlem, and Los Angeles raised James ‘JT’ Thompson established the Hip Hop Hall of Fame in 1992, after serving in the US Army, and playing college basketball as a scholarship athlete. This included representing the USA on a Jr. National Basketball team that toured Russia, Germany, the Baltic States, Belgium, and the former Yugoslavia. JT also served the community co-founding the highly publicized L.A. Gang Truce Alliance of Organizations, and was a Community leader and advocate in the urban redevelopment of Los Angeles following the ’92 L.A. riots. The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards Show was aired in national syndication and on the BET Network in the 90’s. The award show and the Hip Hop Museum will be returning in 2011 with a Bond Issue and National broadcasts.

Former Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies at the University of Georgia and graduate of the University of Connecticut’s School of Business—EBV and the Vetrepreneur Success Intensive, Dee Myrick of Athens Georgia is an expert in awareness training and has launched his Dr. Dee-fense brand to bring about awareness regarding sexual assault, stalking, bullying, and human trafficking. Together Dee Myrick and JT Thompson will change the face of Hip Hop and Urban training as we know it. The two are in talks with major players from around the World to further expand the Hip Hop Hall of Fame brand, and opportunities to clients, companies, and distributors.

Crain’s business publications has highlighted that Entrepreneurial careers are attracting many veterans, locally and across the country. The U.S. Small Business Administration estimates that one in seven veterans is self-employed or owns a small business, and that vets are 50% more likely than the rest of the work force to become entrepreneurs. The trend is attributable partly to a weak job market, but also owes to veterans’ disposition and skills, which a stint in the military hones.

“A lot of people have good ideas, but they don’t have the stomach for risk-taking,” said Ari Ginsberg, a professor of entrepreneurship at New York University’s Stern School of Business. “Soldiers are steeled for this kind of experience.” You can get more information at the HipHopHoF.TV website, or you can follow us at,,, and



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