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A Master of Ceremonies or MC is the host of a staged event or other performance. The MC usually presents performers, speaks to the audience, and generally keeps the show moving.


In the 1970s and 1980s, the term MC (short for "Master of Ceremonies", sometimes misrendered emcee) was generally associated, in hip hop music, with what is now called rapping. MC has also sometimes been reported to stand for "Microphone Controller", but this appears to be a backronym. Events and trends Although in the United States and in many other Western societies the 1970s are often seen as a period of transition between the turbulent 1960s and the more conservative 1980s and 1990s, many of the trends that are associated widely with the Sixties, from the Sexual Revolution... Events and trends The 1980s marked an abrupt shift towards more conservative lifestyles after the momentous cultural revolutions which took place in the 1960s and 1970s and the definition of the AIDS virus in 1981. ... Hip hop music is a style of popular music. ... Rapping is one of the elements of hip hop and the distinguishing feature of hip hop music; it is a form of rhyming lyrics spoken rhythmically over musical instruments, with a musical backdrop of sampling, scratching and mixing by DJs. ... A backronym or bacronym is a reverse acronym, that is, the words of the expanded term were chosen to fit the letters of the acronym. ...


Uncertainty over the letters' expansion may be considered evidence for the ubiquitousness of the acronym: the full "Master of Ceremonies" is very rarely (if ever) used in the rap scene. This confusion prompted the hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest to include this statement on their Midnight Marauders album (1993): "The title 'MC' means 'Master of Ceremonies'. Some people who MC don't know what this term means." Note the use of MC as a verb. Album cover of The Low End Theory A Tribe Called Quest is an influential rap group of the 1990s, originally formed in Queens, New York City in 1988. ... Midnight Marauders is an alternative hip hop album by A Tribe Called Quest, released on November 9, 1993 (see 1993 in music). ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003) Events Media:January January 1 - Czechoslovakia divides. ...


The term originates from the Roman Catholic Church. At a large Catholic church or cathedral, the Master of Ceremonies organizes and rehearses the proceedings and ritual of each mass. He may also have responsibility for the physical security of the place of worship during the liturgy. At major festivals such as Christmas and Easter, when the liturgies are long and complex, the Master of Ceremonies plays a vital role in ensuring that everything runs smoothly. The Roman Catholic Church believes its founding was based on Jesus appointment of Saint Peter as the primary church leader, later Bishop of Rome. ... A cathedral is a Christian church building, specifically of a denomination with an episcopal hierarchy (such as the Roman Catholic Church or the Anglican churches), which serves as the central church of a bishopric. ... A ritual is a formalised, predetermined set of symbolic actions generally performed in a particular environment at a regular, recurring interval. ... This article discusses the Mass as part of Christian liturgy, in particular the form it has taken in the Latin rite of the Catholic Church. ... From the Greek word λειτουργια, which can be transliterated as leitourgia, meaning the work of the people, a liturgy comprises a prescribed religious ceremony, according to the traditions of a particular religion; it may refer to, or include, an elaborate formal ritual (such as the Catholic Mass), a daily activity... Christmas (literally, the Mass of Christ) is a holiday in the Christian calendar, usually observed on December 25, which celebrates the birth of Jesus. ... Easter is the most important holiday of the Christian year, observed in March, April, or May each year to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead after his death by crucifixion (see Good Friday), which Christians believe happened at about this time of year around AD 30-33. ...


 
 

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