Almost one million high school students drop out each year. 
Let’s change that.
The Raise Up Project begins with you.
If you are 15-22 years old, we invite you to speak to why so many young people are leaving high school before graduation.
Raise Up features an online hip hop and spoken word competition. Five individual winners will each receive a $5,000 educational scholarship* and a trip to Washington DC to perform at the Kennedy Center on September 28 as part of the Raise Up Project culminating event. One group piece will also be selected to receive a $2,500 award.

Winners will be selected through a three-round process in which the American public and guest judges vote for the pieces that have the most resonance to them (Final Judges include Rosario Dawson and Russell Simmons). After the event at the Kennedy Center, the participants in The Raise Up Project have the opportunity to be featured in a series on National Public Radio that will air in late 2014.
We’re asking you to help take on the drop out crisis by submitting a video of yourself performing an original rap or spoken word poem on the topic of young people not graduating (or leaving before coming back to get their degree). Tell us if you think it’s important to get your degree, and what barriers are in your way and/or in the way of so many young people to accomplishing that goal.
Scholarships are provided courtesy of the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation. Submit your video through June 30 to have your story heard.
http://www.raiseupproject.org/

Almost one million high school students drop out each year.

Let’s change that.

The Raise Up Project begins with you.

If you are 15-22 years old, we invite you to speak to why so many young people are leaving high school before graduation.

Raise Up features an online hip hop and spoken word competition. Five individual winners will each receive a $5,000 educational scholarship* and a trip to Washington DC to perform at the Kennedy Center on September 28 as part of the Raise Up Project culminating event. One group piece will also be selected to receive a $2,500 award.

Winners will be selected through a three-round process in which the American public and guest judges vote for the pieces that have the most resonance to them (Final Judges include Rosario Dawson and Russell Simmons). After the event at the Kennedy Center, the participants in The Raise Up Project have the opportunity to be featured in a series on National Public Radio that will air in late 2014.

We’re asking you to help take on the drop out crisis by submitting a video of yourself performing an original rap or spoken word poem on the topic of young people not graduating (or leaving before coming back to get their degree). Tell us if you think it’s important to get your degree, and what barriers are in your way and/or in the way of so many young people to accomplishing that goal.

Scholarships are provided courtesy of the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation. Submit your video through June 30 to have your story heard.

http://www.raiseupproject.org/

A Brief History of Rhyme: Baba Brinkman at TEDxNavesink

In this talk, rap artist Baba Brinkman demonstrates that rap music isn’t just music, it’s also an innovative poetry form rich in linguistic playfulness. In the same way Shakespeare was a lyrical entertainer of the past, Brinkman believes that “rappers are the main lyrical entertainers of the present.” Rap is simply a modern, innovative, and playful form of poetry—a contemporary style of a timeless art form.

In this entertaining talk, with examples spanning Eminem and Jay-Z to Chaucer and Lord Byron, you will learn how the techniques used rappers for crafting memorable rhymes have ancient antecedents.

Baba Brinkman TEDxNavesink


Science Genius Final BATTLES 2014
Friday, June 27, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Join us to cheer on students from New York City public schools as they perform science raps that they have been diligently working on during the spring semester. These students have been chosen to represent their school and will be competing against students from other schools at the Final BATTLE.
Who will win?
You have to be there to find out!
The Science Genius Final BATTLES
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum 
Pier 86 W 46th St and 12th Ave,
New York, NY 10036
Friday, June 27th 
6pm - 9pm
Doors open at 6pm
6pm-7pm - Families and students will be allowed to self explore the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum free of charge. 
7pm-9pm - Student performances (final BATTLE) w/ Special Guest
Directions: Take the A, C, E, N, R, S, 1, 2, 3, 7 train to 42nd St., then walk or take the M-42 West Bus to Hudson River (12th Ave). Walk North to Intrepid.
Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S (Bringing Attention to Transforming, Teaching and Learning Science) is a program that focuses on utilizing the power of hip-hop music and culture to introduce youth to the wonder and beauty of science. The core message of the program is to meet urban youth who are traditionally disengaged in science classrooms on their cultural turf, and provide them with the opportunity to express the same passion they have for hip-hop culture for science. Concurrently, the project aims to display the interests of science enthusiasts who have a passion for hip-hop, and introduce both hip-hop and science to a wider audience. The main activity of the project involves students in selected schools across New York City, St. Lucie, and Houston creating science themed raps based on topics decided upon by the project sponsors (scientists, educators, and Hip-Hop icon GZA). The raps that students create will be part of a competition within schools, which then grow into a competition among participating schools. The raps would be performed over the students’ choice of any hip-hop instrumental and covers topics that align to the New York State Science Learning Standards, Core Curriculum and Next Generation Science Standards. 
For more information Contact: ScienceGeniusAcademy@gmail.com or @ScienceGeniusX (Twitter) 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/science-genius-final-battles-2014-tickets-11890118665

Science Genius Final BATTLES 2014

Friday, June 27, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Join us to cheer on students from New York City public schools as they perform science raps that they have been diligently working on during the spring semester. These students have been chosen to represent their school and will be competing against students from other schools at the Final BATTLE.

Who will win?

You have to be there to find out!

The Science Genius Final BATTLES

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum 

Pier 86 W 46th St and 12th Ave,

New York, NY 10036

Friday, June 27th 

6pm - 9pm

Doors open at 6pm

6pm-7pm - Families and students will be allowed to self explore the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum free of charge

7pm-9pm - Student performances (final BATTLE) w/ Special Guest

Directions: Take the A, C, E, N, R, S, 1, 2, 3, 7 train to 42nd St., then walk or take the M-42 West Bus to Hudson River (12th Ave). Walk North to Intrepid.

Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S (Bringing Attention to Transforming, Teaching and Learning Science) is a program that focuses on utilizing the power of hip-hop music and culture to introduce youth to the wonder and beauty of science. The core message of the program is to meet urban youth who are traditionally disengaged in science classrooms on their cultural turf, and provide them with the opportunity to express the same passion they have for hip-hop culture for science. Concurrently, the project aims to display the interests of science enthusiasts who have a passion for hip-hop, and introduce both hip-hop and science to a wider audience. The main activity of the project involves students in selected schools across New York City, St. Lucie, and Houston creating science themed raps based on topics decided upon by the project sponsors (scientists, educators, and Hip-Hop icon GZA). The raps that students create will be part of a competition within schools, which then grow into a competition among participating schools. The raps would be performed over the students’ choice of any hip-hop instrumental and covers topics that align to the New York State Science Learning Standards, Core Curriculum and Next Generation Science Standards. 

For more information Contact: ScienceGeniusAcademy@gmail.com or @ScienceGeniusX (Twitter) 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/science-genius-final-battles-2014-tickets-11890118665

Science Genius Science Genius Final BATTLES

WHY I WRITE is the first episode in a series of spoken word videos by Khmer American exile Kosal Khiev in collaboration with Studio Revolt. Kosal, a poet and tattoo artist resides in Phnom Penh after spending 14 years of his life in a U.S. prison. Kosal tells pieces of his story through the art of spoken word poetry. Through his poetry, Kosal reclaim’s his place in the world as a free man, a step that begins in Cambodia not America.

Director/Cinematographer/Editor: Masahiro Sugano

(Source: marthadiazis)

Kosal

A Beatbox and Self Expression Program for Blind Students

by B.E.A.T.

Musical self-expression program using beatboxing as the creative medium for students who are blind and/or have multiple disabilities.

What does music look like to you? What if you were blind?

Launched in the Fall of 2010, Beat Rockers is the pioneering program which utilizes the art of beatboxing as a tool for musical self-expression serving students who are blind and/or have multiple disabilities at The Lavelle School for the Blind in the Bronx.  By teaching ways to create music using their bodies as instruments, the program re-imagines the idea of needing to “learn” an instrument in order to make music.  The students already are the instruments.

Whether contributing through beatboxing, singing, playing piano, clapping, or dancing, the program provides students with the creative tools and platform to actively participate in a larger musical conversation.  There are never any wrong notes, scales or octaves in beatboxing, and the songs are created by adding layers over layers of repeating sounds.  As each student’s contribution is added, meshed, then layered over each other, a unique and beautiful musical dialogue between all the participants begins to emerge.  In this collaborative context, students grow to understand that despite any physical disability, each student has a voice and each student is the embodiment and personification of music.

There aren’t too many things our students can tap into and connect with, a lot of them feel isolated… the big draw with Beat Rockers wasn’t just music, they were able to use their voices and collaborate with each other, something they don’t have the opportunity to do.

- Diane Tucker, Principal, Lavelle School for the Blind

June 12th - Art Auction Fundraiser at Verboten in Williamsburg, 7-10PM

  • The good folks at Verboten are not only hosting our event, but have enlisted a group of 20 street/graffiti artists and photographers to donate work for sale.  
  • 100% PROCEEDS from this event will go directly back into BEAT programming!
  • JSmoke and DJ Dhundee on the decks all night
  • $10 entry at the door qualifies you for a raffle to win a Table for 4 at the club, dinner for 2 at Extra Fancy, prize packs from ALIFE, 2K Games and artwork by LA Roc

BEAT Bridging Education and Art Together

Does the Dr. Dre-Apple deal mean hip-hop is selling out?
@mckinneykelsey
Jeff Chang is the executive director for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. He has written two books on hip-hop in America, Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation and Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop. I spoke with Chang about Apple’s acquisition of Beats Music, and what it means for hip-hop. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
Kelsey McKinney: When we talk about the commercialization of hip-hop, how do these purchases like Apple with Beats headphones change or not change society at large?

Jeff Chang: What we have now is marketing in which black cool reigns. So, if Lebron, and Dre, and Jay and Bey and everybody else say, “this is cool,” then that’s what white kids want as well, what chicano kids want, what Native American kids want. That’s what all the kids want, and that’s what’s important today.

On the one hand, there’s obviously opportunities there for there to be cultural exchange. We can’t ignore that there’s something happening there that could be potentially positive. If you and I have no other way of connecting with each other than for the fact that we both have Beats by Dre headphones, and we both happen to be listening to Kendrick Lamar, then maybe there’s a connection that we’re having that could be potentially transformative of us both.

On the other hand, we also can’t ignore that just because you purchase something, doesn’t mean that a cultural exchange is happening. Just because I buy these headphones because all of these black artists are saying I should, doesn’t make me any more knowledgeable about black struggle or anti-blackness. On the one hand it’s an opening, and on the other hand, it’s a foreclosing. You open the door to a potential discussion here, but you foreclose the opportunity because it all becomes transactional. There’s no exchange except for a transactional exchange. This cultural desegregation we see in our images is often mistaken for “well, we’re all good now. We’re out in space beyond race.” It’s something that we have to be really, really careful about.

KM: How do we reconcile this issue of rappers and hip-hop artists who are fighting for this equal society, but making millions and millions of dollars?
JC: What you have to understand is that hip-hop is literally
READ MORE: http://www.vox.com/2014/6/3/5775630/does-the-dr-dre-apple-deal-mean-hip-hop-is-selling-out
 

Does the Dr. Dre-Apple deal mean hip-hop is selling out?

Jeff Chang is the executive director for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. He has written two books on hip-hop in America, Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation and Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop. I spoke with Chang about Apple’s acquisition of Beats Music, and what it means for hip-hop. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Kelsey McKinney: When we talk about the commercialization of hip-hop, how do these purchases like Apple with Beats headphones change or not change society at large?

Jeff Chang: What we have now is marketing in which black cool reigns. So, if Lebron, and Dre, and Jay and Bey and everybody else say, “this is cool,” then that’s what white kids want as well, what chicano kids want, what Native American kids want. That’s what all the kids want, and that’s what’s important today.

On the one hand, there’s obviously opportunities there for there to be cultural exchange. We can’t ignore that there’s something happening there that could be potentially positive. If you and I have no other way of connecting with each other than for the fact that we both have Beats by Dre headphones, and we both happen to be listening to Kendrick Lamar, then maybe there’s a connection that we’re having that could be potentially transformative of us both.

On the other hand, we also can’t ignore that just because you purchase something, doesn’t mean that a cultural exchange is happening. Just because I buy these headphones because all of these black artists are saying I should, doesn’t make me any more knowledgeable about black struggle or anti-blackness. On the one hand it’s an opening, and on the other hand, it’s a foreclosing. You open the door to a potential discussion here, but you foreclose the opportunity because it all becomes transactional. There’s no exchange except for a transactional exchange. This cultural desegregation we see in our images is often mistaken for “well, we’re all good now. We’re out in space beyond race.” It’s something that we have to be really, really careful about.

KM: How do we reconcile this issue of rappers and hip-hop artists who are fighting for this equal society, but making millions and millions of dollars?

JC: What you have to understand is that hip-hop is literally

READ MORE: http://www.vox.com/2014/6/3/5775630/does-the-dr-dre-apple-deal-mean-hip-hop-is-selling-out

Jeff Chang

CFP: #Black2theFuture, Purdue Symposium
Call for Papers
29th Annual Symposium on African American Culture & Philosophy
“BLACK TO THE FUTURE: BLACK CULTURE THROUGH SPACE & TIME”
African American Studies and Research Center Purdue University West Lafayette, Indiana November 20-22, 2014
African American Studies and Research Center is interested in interrogating the intersections of race, culture and time. Please join us as we go “black to the future.” We would like to address the concerns of the African Diaspora through an Afro-futuristic lens. We seek papers and panels on such sample topics as:
Afro-futurism
African American Film
Black Future
Black Fantastic
Diasporas of the Future
Digital Divide
Gender and Sexuality
Global Blackness
Hip Hop and Afro-futurism
New Media
New Theoretical Frontiers
Second Life
Science Fiction/ Speculative Fiction
Race & Technology
Abstracts for individual presentations should be no more than 500 words in length. Accepted presentations will be limited to 18-20 minutes. We particularly encourage panel proposals which should be no more than 1500 words in length. Our ideal panel composition is three presenters; however, we are open topanels with four presenters with presentations of 13-15 minutes. Other formats are possible such as discussants and/or chairs; however, the total number of participants should be limited to four and the total time allotted for panel presentations is 60 minutes as we are committed to discussion time with the attendees. June 6, 2014 to:
Cornelius Bynum, Associate Director, African American Studies and Research Center 29th Symposium on Philosophy & Culture Beering Hall, Room 6182 100 North University Street West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098
Email abstracts to: aasrc@purdue.edu [Include “Abstract” in subject line]
Website: http://www.cla.purdue.edu/african-american/ Registration Fees for the 29th Symposium: $75.00 for Faculty and Professional $50.00 for Studentshttp://www.cla.purdue.edu/african-american/call%20for%20papers%202014%20website%20twitter1…

CFP: #Black2theFuture, Purdue Symposium

Call for Papers

29th Annual Symposium on African American Culture & Philosophy

“BLACK TO THE FUTURE: BLACK CULTURE THROUGH SPACE & TIME”

African American Studies and Research Center Purdue University West Lafayette, Indiana November 20-22, 2014

African American Studies and Research Center is interested in interrogating the intersections of race, culture and time. Please join us as we go “black to the future.” We would like to address the concerns of the African Diaspora through an Afro-futuristic lens. We seek papers and panels on such sample topics as:

  • Afro-futurism
  • African American Film
  • Black Future
  • Black Fantastic
  • Diasporas of the Future
  • Digital Divide
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Global Blackness
  • Hip Hop and Afro-futurism
  • New Media
  • New Theoretical Frontiers
  • Second Life
  • Science Fiction/ Speculative Fiction
  • Race & Technology

Abstracts for individual presentations should be no more than 500 words in length. Accepted presentations will be limited to 18-20 minutes. We particularly encourage panel proposals which should be no more than 1500 words in length. Our ideal panel composition is three presenters; however, we are open topanels with four presenters with presentations of 13-15 minutes. Other formats are possible such as discussants and/or chairs; however, the total number of participants should be limited to four and the total time allotted for panel presentations is 60 minutes as we are committed to discussion time with the attendees. June 6, 2014 to:

Cornelius Bynum, Associate Director, African American Studies and Research Center 29th Symposium on Philosophy & Culture Beering Hall, Room 6182 100 North University Street West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098

Email abstracts to: aasrc@purdue.edu [Include “Abstract” in subject line]

Website: http://www.cla.purdue.edu/african-american/ Registration Fees for the 29th Symposium: $75.00 for Faculty and Professional $50.00 for Studentshttp://www.cla.purdue.edu/african-american/call%20for%20papers%202014%20website%20twitter1…

Trailer for ‘Through The Lens Of Hip Hop: UK Women’

Through the Lens of Hip Hop: UK women falls under the banner of Curved Marginz Visibility Projects #CMVP – this particular project aims to highlight and validate the voices of women from the hip hop community in the UK through the production of a short documentary series. This film documentary contains narratives and opinions of women in the UK and covers an amalgamation of themes.

Follow us on Twitter @TTLHHUKWomen hashtags: TTLHH & TTLHHUKWomen

#BYPGotSkills Webinar

BYP100 is joining the long-term fight to end the criminalization of Black youth, and they’re hosting a free webinar to continue with a solutions-based conversation. The group of young activists believe that strategies that transform our lives and communities require grassroots organizing and public policy advocacy. 



The organization’s third #BYPGotSkills webinar explores what’s at stake and the steps we need to take to end the criminalization of Black youth including:

  


Defining the criminalization of Black youth
What research says about the criminalization of Black LGBT youth
A briefing on the End Racial Profiling Act and Smarter Sentencing Act
BYP100 Campaign on Police Accountability
The webinar will take place on Wednesday, June 4, 7-8 p.m. CT. To be part of the solution,
click this link to register.




About the Black Youth Project 100:



Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100) is an activist member-based organization of Black 18-35 year olds, dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. We do this through building a network focused on transformative leadership development, non-violent direct action organizing, advocacy and education using a Black queer feminist lens.

#BYPGotSkills Webinar
BYP100 is joining the long-term fight to end the criminalization of Black youth, and they’re hosting a free webinar to continue with a solutions-based conversation. The group of young activists believe that strategies that transform our lives and communities require grassroots organizing and public policy advocacy. 

The organization’s third #BYPGotSkills webinar explores what’s at stake and the steps we need to take to end the criminalization of Black youth including:
  

  • Defining the criminalization of Black youth
  • What research says about the criminalization of Black LGBT youth
  • A briefing on the End Racial Profiling Act and Smarter Sentencing Act
  • BYP100 Campaign on Police Accountability
The webinar will take place on Wednesday, June 4, 7-8 p.m. CT. To be part of the solution,

About the Black Youth Project 100:

Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100) is an activist member-based organization of Black 18-35 year olds, dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. We do this through building a network focused on transformative leadership development, non-violent direct action organizing, advocacy and education using a Black queer feminist lens.

black youth project

Nas and Koru Team Up To Better Prepare Tomorrow’s Workforce
If rapper Nas’ list of accomplishments wasn’t already long enough, he’s about to add a new line item to his resume. In addition to being one of the most influential figures in his genre, a 13-time Grammy nominee, and respected actor and businessman, he will soon be mentoring students as they look to enter the workforce.
The hip-hop legend is teaming up with Koru, a Seattle-based company whose mission is making sure the up-and-coming workforce is prepared for the jobs that are out there. Nas has invested over $100,000 in the company, establishing a scholarship to help grow the number of students participating in the program. Steeve Simbert, a Georgetown University class of 2015 graduate and Marixa Rodriguez, an Occidental College class of 2014 graduate have been chosen as the first two recipients of the Nas Scholarship Fund. In addition to his investment, Nas will also serve as a coach to these students, giving advice and sharing his wisdom from years in business.





“I’m inspired to support Koru participants because I know how hard it can be to carve out your path and purpose in life” said the musician. “I can’t wait to work directly with them and share what I’ve learned through my own life experiences.”
READ MORE: http://www.forbes.com/sites/hughmcintyre/2014/05/28/nas-and-koru-team-up-to-better-prepare-tomorrows-workforce/
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nas and Koru Team Up To Better Prepare Tomorrow’s Workforce

If rapper Nas’ list of accomplishments wasn’t already long enough, he’s about to add a new line item to his resume. In addition to being one of the most influential figures in his genre, a 13-time Grammy nominee, and respected actor and businessman, he will soon be mentoring students as they look to enter the workforce.

The hip-hop legend is teaming up with Koru, a Seattle-based company whose mission is making sure the up-and-coming workforce is prepared for the jobs that are out there. Nas has invested over $100,000 in the company, establishing a scholarship to help grow the number of students participating in the program. Steeve Simbert, a Georgetown University class of 2015 graduate and Marixa Rodriguez, an Occidental College class of 2014 graduate have been chosen as the first two recipients of the Nas Scholarship Fund. In addition to his investment, Nas will also serve as a coach to these students, giving advice and sharing his wisdom from years in business.

“I’m inspired to support Koru participants because I know how hard it can be to carve out your path and purpose in life” said the musician. “I can’t wait to work directly with them and share what I’ve learned through my own life experiences.”

READ MORE: http://www.forbes.com/sites/hughmcintyre/2014/05/28/nas-and-koru-team-up-to-better-prepare-tomorrows-workforce/

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

nas koru kristen hamilton

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the B-Boy Summit and official kickoff of summer we are bringing the classic Hip-Hop theme: Bonnie and Clyde! Bare witness as top male and female DJs, MCs, Bboys/Bgirls, Writers and Poppers team up for the ultimate battle of the sexes! Bonnie and Clyde Bboy/Bgirl and Popping battles, + MC performances. Kicking things off with a panel of Hip-Hop’s finest female and male MCs, DJs, Bboys/Bgirls, and Writers! Weekend of events include the 3 Challenges of Graffiti battle (Fri), Bonnie and Clyde Throwdown (Sat) and the MZK hosted Crew Callout BBQ (Sun). Come get down in the cyphers, mix and mingle with Hip-Hop!

All days/events are by donation only! Suggested donation: $10No one will be turned away for lack of $Bboy Summit Soulstice 2014 Schedule of Events includes: 

Kickoff: Fri. June 20Summit “1on1 Originality Stand Alone” BattleBreed Street Shul, Boyle Heights6P-11PCome for a night of food and dancing!
Day 1 Sat. June 21Summit “Hip Hop Leaders & BBoy Lifestyle” PanelSpecial Hip Hop panel presentation and workshops."Bonnie and Clyde Throwdown”Noon-8PMBoyle Heights Arts ConservatoryThe best BBoys + BGirls and Poppers combine skills in cut throat two vs. two battles to see which duo prevails!"3 Challenges of Graffiti" Invitational BattleParking lot @ 2530 E Cesar E Chavez Ave. Los Angeles‎, CANoon-8PMCome see top graffiti artists from infamous crews battle it out with handstyles, throwups, and pieces in a timed live battle! Outdoor festival Marketplace with vendors, food trucks, dance floor & DJs.
Day 2 Sun June 22Summit Crew CalloutBeat Swap Meet, 943 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CANoon-6PMHosted by MZK! Come in peace, bring your crew and try not to get burnt during the Crew Call Out! Everyone welcome. Crew colors recommended 

JUDGES: Kujo, Flexum, Robzilla, Ken Swift, Hurricane, OG Ace Rock, No Bone Tyrone, OG Scorpio, Hex, TGO, Steve Grody, etc.
 We are offering branding opportunities in these areas: Bboy/Bgirl Bonnie and Clyde Battle, Popping Bonnie and Clyde, Panel Series, 3 Graffiti Challenges Battle, and for the Summit Crew Callout BBQ. Join the Summit’s network of Hip-Hop supporters, dance enthusiasts, and professionals in the entertainment and business industries.  Asia One, founder of the Summit, along with No Easy Props Production invites you to be a part of our movement! For sponsorship inquires please contact JLove Calderon: Jlove@jlovecalderon.com 917.753.0186
http://www.bboysummit.com/events/summit

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the B-Boy Summit and official kickoff of summer we are bringing the classic Hip-Hop theme: Bonnie and Clyde! Bare witness as top male and female DJs, MCs, Bboys/Bgirls, Writers and Poppers team up for the ultimate battle of the sexes! Bonnie and Clyde Bboy/Bgirl and Popping battles, + MC performances. Kicking things off with a panel of Hip-Hop’s finest female and male MCs, DJs, Bboys/Bgirls, and Writers! Weekend of events include the 3 Challenges of Graffiti battle (Fri), Bonnie and Clyde Throwdown (Sat) and the MZK hosted Crew Callout BBQ (Sun). Come get down in the cyphers, mix and mingle with Hip-Hop!

All days/events are by donation only!
Suggested donation: $10

No one will be turned away for lack of $

Bboy Summit Soulstice 2014 Schedule of Events includes:

  • Kickoff: Fri. June 20
    Summit “1on1 Originality Stand Alone” Battle

    Breed Street Shul, Boyle Heights
    6P-11P

    Come for a night of food and dancing!
  • Day 1 Sat. June 21
    Summit “Hip Hop Leaders & BBoy Lifestyle” Panel

    Special Hip Hop panel presentation and workshops.

    "Bonnie and Clyde Throwdown

    Noon-8PM
    Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory

    The best BBoys + BGirls and Poppers combine skills in cut throat two vs. two battles to see which duo prevails!

    "3 Challenges of Graffiti" Invitational Battle

    Parking lot @ 2530 E Cesar E Chavez Ave. Los Angeles‎, CA
    Noon-8PM

    Come see top graffiti artists from infamous crews battle it out with handstyles, throwups, and pieces in a timed live battle! Outdoor festival Marketplace with vendors, food trucks, dance floor & DJs.
  • Day 2 Sun June 22
    Summit Crew Callout
    Beat Swap Meet, 943 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA
    Noon-6PM

    Hosted by MZK! Come in peace, bring your crew and try not to get burnt during the Crew Call Out! Everyone welcome. Crew colors recommended

JUDGES: Kujo, Flexum, Robzilla, Ken Swift, Hurricane, OG Ace Rock, No Bone Tyrone, OG Scorpio, Hex, TGO, Steve Grody, etc.


We are offering branding opportunities in these areas: Bboy/Bgirl Bonnie and Clyde Battle, Popping Bonnie and Clyde, Panel Series, 3 Graffiti Challenges Battle, and for the Summit Crew Callout BBQ. Join the Summit’s network of Hip-Hop supporters, dance enthusiasts, and professionals in the entertainment and business industries.

Asia One, founder of the Summit, along with No Easy Props Production invites you to be a part of our movement! For sponsorship inquires please contact JLove Calderon: Jlove@jlovecalderon.com 917.753.0186

http://www.bboysummit.com/events/summit

asiaone bboy summit