9th Annual DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival - Theater * Dance * Art * Music
The jump off is at the Kennedy Center with DMC DJ Exhibition, curated by North American DMC Producer and Tools of War Co-Founder Christie Z-Pabon and featuring DMC US Supremacy Champion DJ I-Dee, plus legendary Bronx party rocker Rockin’ Rob. Hosted by Kokayi, with a guest appearance by Tabi Bonney.
The next day we head to the Smithsonian’s Carmichael Auditorium for a special panel presentation in partnership with the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The panel features Majora Carter, Rha Goddess, Kymone Freeman and Kari Fulton who will build on the movement to green the hood and explore how we can all make change.
We then head into the theater for a series of amazing performances by Paige Hernandez, Micia Mosely, Universes and Holly Bass.
Last but not least, Word, Beats and Life’s signature B-Boy battle, the Freshest of All Time is back with bigger prize money and a special guest judge, the legendary Ken Swift.
4th Annual Rapathon - Hip-Hop Culture Center in Harlem
The Rap Phenomenon is back, are YOU ready to ROCK the MIC? This Saturday, June 26th, the Hip Hop Culture Center in Harlem (currently known as H2C2) will host a non-stop cipher-showcase featuring 125+ emcees. The 4th Annual Rapathon will not only be documented by the legendary Ralph McDaniels but streamed live via his Video Music Box (first music video show exclusively focused to an urban market) internet show. H2C2’s devotion to create a platform for artists has allowed emcees all over the Tri-State Area, Cuba, Lithuania, and Sweden to spread their message. Since 2006 the Rapathon has been H2C2’s most significant event and has grown accordingly. Every year an hour is added making the duration of the 4th Annual Rapathon a massive 27 hours of continuous rap without any profanity.
The 4th Annual Rapathon will feature a one hour segment dedicated to Big Pun and his impact on Hip Hop. Emcees will also utilize the Rapathon as an outlet to promote non-violence and to raise awareness of the BP oil spill and its effects on the Gulf Coast Region. In addition, special guest DJ’s Grand Wizard Theodore and Tony Tone will be in the house rocking the wheels of steel. The countdown begins Saturday, June 26th, 2010 at 4:00 pm and ends Sunday, June 27th, 2010 at 7:00 pm. The Rapathon is open to rappers with the ability to rhyme for 90 seconds straight without cursing and DJ’s who can spin for two continuous hours. Please visit our website www.h2c2harlem.com (or call) for further details. General admission fee is $10.00 (giving you access to entire 27 hours) but there is no registration fee for participants.
Hip Hop Congress National Conference Preliminary Itinerary Saturday, June 26th 3pm - 8pm UM-Detroit Center Conference Registration 5pm - 6pm Conference Welcome 6pm - 7pm Opening Keynote: Rosa Clemente
10pm-2am: St. Andrew’s Hall Hip Hop Concert feat. Jay Electronica, Slum Village, Guilty Simpson, OneBeLo, 5ELA $15 in advance @ TicketMaster.com & $20 @ Door. Ages: 18+.
Sunday, June 27th 12:30pm - 1:45pm: UM-Detroit Center Concurrent Sessions (Internal/Ext.Tracks) 2 - 3 pm: UM-Detroit Center Bakari Kitwana 3 - 4:15 pm: UM-Detroit Center Concurrent Session (Internal/Ext. Tracks) 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm: UM-Detroit Center “From New Orleans to Detroit: Hip Hop’s role in the face of dramatic need for economic and social Justice” 6:30 - 9 pm: Break and Dinner on your own 9 pm - Midnight: Alvin’s Hip Hop Concert feat. MC Battle, Live
DLabrie (Oakland,CA) Shamako Noble (West coast) Rahman Jamaal (Bay 2 L.A) Evolution of Arabian Knights (New york) Futuristic (L.A) J Ross Parelli (LBC 2 NYC) Alex Schien (Philly 2 NY) Mike Werd (Denver,CO) D-Nick (Chicago 2 Flint) Lisa Lust (Chicago)
Nomadic Wax Launches Global Arts Exchange Program - Capetown to DC Hip-Hop Exchange w/Emile YX, DJ Thee Angelo, Kokayi & DJ RBI
July 17th: Welcoming Dinner and Jam Session at BloomBars (Public) Where: BloomBars-,3222 11th St. NW, Washington DC. When: 7PM-11:30PM Price: $10
Nomadic Wax has expanded its efforts in creating opportunities for cultural exchange and hip hop diplomacy with the Global Arts Exchange Program. In partnership with the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities, Nomadic Wax will host two South African Artist Diplomats from July 15 - 30, 2010. The South African delegation will work with two DC artist delegates to create a performance piece during the visit.
As the opening event of the Cape Town to DC artist exchange, we are starting things off with a yummy dinner and welcome reception for the South African Delegates. Following that will be a lively hip hop jam session featuring live instrumentalists and artists from all over the world and from the local DC scene as well.
2010 Sonshine Festival is set for Wednesday July 14 thru Saturday July 17. All key music genres represented during four (4) days of non-stop Christian fellowship and music ministry ranging from: Christian Rock, Gospel, Contemporary Christian, Holy Hip Hop to Contemporary Gospel (with artists such as: Seventh Day Slumber, Casting Crowns, Skillet, Sean Slaughter, Israel Houghton Xross, Canton Jones, KJ-52 and many more). Over 150,000 attendees traversed to the Sonshine Festival, in the past 7 years alone, held annually in beautiful and serene Willmar, Minnesota. Sonshine Festival Debuted in 1982 and is now one of the world’s largest gatherings of its type. For more information, please go to: www.SonshineFestival.com