Festival Events Break Down

July 10th – Told It First Hand With Rakim moderated by Wes Jackson

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Location: The Brooklyn Historical Society – 128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Festival Executive Director Wes Jackson sits down for a one on one conversation with Rakim and special guests as the discuss 30 years of their seminal album, “Paid In Full”


July 11th – Get Paid To Be Yourself moderated by Julian Mitchell.  Guest Rob StoneCo-Founder of the music, style and culture publication, Fader and Founder of the successful marketing agency, Cornerstone, sits down with Julian to talk about the evolving digital landscape and how Rob helped Cornerstone/Fader plant the flag in the new economy while most were still figuring it out.

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Location: The Bishop Gallery – 916 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205


July 12th – Hip-Hop Institute – Multiple Panels/Discussions (panels are listed in order of appearance) The theme of this year’s Hip-Hop Institute is “Speak The Truth”.  We will be discussing issues of empowerment, social justice, health & wellness, as well as entrepreneurship. The full day of programming consists of lectures, panels, and various workshops.

Time: 10am – 8pm

Location –  Medgar Evers College, 1638 Bedford Ave.,Crown Heights, Brooklyn


10:30am – Linda Sarsour, Activist, Speaker and  key organizer of  the Women’s March on DC, will deliver the keynote.


11:15am – 12:00pm – Community Engagement and Activism in the Age of Hip-Hop Panel moderated by Adero-Zaire Green, Medgar Evers faculty member w/ panelists, Richard Green, Medgar Evers Faculty; Chris Wise, Medgar Evers Alumni; and Adama Delphine Fawundu, Filmmaker


12:15pm – 1:00pm – Preserving The Legacy Panel moderated by Hip-Hop legend, Uncle Ralph McDaniels w/ panelists, Fab 5 Freddy, Yo MTV Raps; Timothy Anne Burnside, Cultural Museum Specialists at NMAAHC; and Christopher Emdin, PHD of Urban Studies at Columbia University


1:00pm – 1:10pm – U.S. Army Speaker


1:15pm – 2:00pm – Hip-Hop Journalism – From Print to Digital. How can a writer survive? Panel moderated by Jerry Barrow of Hip-Hop publication, Nod Factor, w/ Datwon Thomas, EIC – Vibe; Chuck Creekmur, Founder – AllHipHop.com; Jamilah Lemieux, VP News & Mens Programming Interactive One; Nadeska Alexis, host/reporter on Everyday Struggle and Complex


2:00pm – 2:30pm – BREAK


3:15pm – 4:00pm – The Women’s March on Washington and Activism in the Hip-Hop Age Panel moderated by Madame Gandhi, Artist/Activist w/ panelists Toshi Reagon, Artist; Janaye Ingram, Director of National Partnerships – Airbnb/Activist; Ginny Suss,VP – Okayplayer, Panelist; Paola Mendoza, Filmmaker


4:15pm – 5:00pm – The New Industry: The Impact of Streaming on Hip-Hop In the Digital Age brought to you by NARAS/The Recording Academy, internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards – moderated by Torae, Artist/Host w/ panelists Enrique Brooks, Manager, Drew “Dru-Ha” Friedman, Co-CEO Duck Down; Leota Blacknor, Marketing & Branding Specialist; David Wander, VP Digital Marketing & Strategy – Roc Nation


5:15pm – 6:00pm – Fashion #ForTheCulture discussion with famed Hip-Hop designers and stylists, April Walker, Founder of Walker Wear, and Misa Hylton, stylist.


6:15 – 7:00pm – #ForTheCulture Conversation with Sickamore, acclaimed A&R/industry and Juels Pierrot, Director of Marketing & Communications of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival.


Health & Wellness Panels Will Be Held Throughout the Hip-Hop Institute (curated by The Zero Campaign and Peace4Peace) The Check Up: Mental & Physical Health in Hip Hop – (Inspired by the passing of  Lee ‘Q’ O’Denat, Phife, Sean P, Chris Lighty, Capital STEEZ)


2:00pm – 2:45pm – The Check Up: Healthy Minds/ Healthy Bodies: Panel 1 will be moderated by Asha Tarry, Life Coach & Psychotherapist w/ panelists Lindsay Fauntleroy, L.Ac  of Oceans & Rivers Integrative Medicine; Nikita Banks, Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LSW, MSW; Nicole Chapman, Nutrition/Fitness/Mind & Body; Alex Hardy, Mental Health Advocate


3:00pm – 3:15pm – DecompressOceans & Rivers: Clarity, Vitality, Serenity with Lindsay Fauntleroy of L.Ac  of Oceans & Rivers Integrative Medicine.


4:15pm – 5:00pm – The Check In: Health in My Hood: Panel 2 will begin with Councilman Robert Cornegy then will be moderated by Mona C. Faison, P.E.A.C.E. for PEACE Inc.; Jim Brown, Broken Hearts/Heart Disease; Spencer Caseuss, Bridging Access to Care, PrEP’d Up!; Interfaith Hospital: Top 10/5 Mortality Rates in Central Brooklyn; and legendary artist, Easy AD, of the Cold Crush Brothers

2:00pm – 6:00pm – Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies DEMO:  (offered during workshop times).  Will feature Yoga/Meditation,  Interfaith Stations (Blood Pressure/Diabetes/etc), HIV testing, and Nicole Chaplin (Celebrity Fitness Expert)/Cease of JM/Mafia Dons (HardBody Fitness)


July 13th – The Dummy Clap Film Festival (panels are listed in order of appearance)

Time: 10am – 8pm

Location –  Medgar Evers College, Crown Heights, Brooklyn and

Alamo Drafthouse – 445 Albee Square W #4, Brooklyn, NY 11201


The following events take will place at Medgar Evers College from 10am – 3pm


10:30am – 11:15pm – Screening of Too Old to Die Young, a short documentary on Russell Simmons, followed by a discussion with famed music journalist, Bill Adler and Hip-Hop artist, Sam Adler.


11:30am – 12:15pm – Screening of L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later followed by a discussion with Nikon Kwantu and Erik Parker, notable Hip-Hop culture journalist


12:30pm – 1:30pm – Screening of De La Soul is Not Dead a short documentary on the lengthy and successful career of De La Soul.


The following events take will place at Alamo Drafthouse, 445 Albee Square W #4, Brooklyn, NY 11201 from 4pm – 8pm


3:00pm – 7:00pm – The first public screening of the A&E documentary, Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G. the first biography to be authorized by his estate and will be the most personal and revealing documentary about the late Christopher Wallace that anyone has ever seen. Brad Abramson, A&E Executive Producer will introduce the film.


“Spread Love” Brooklyn Hip-Hop Block Party in partnership with The Downtown Brooklyn Alliance. An evening of classic Hip-Hip, R&B, Soul, Breaks, Salsa, Soca and Reggae. With Uncle Ralph McDaniels.

Time: 4pm – 9pm

Location: Albee Square Plaza, at the corner of Fulton and Bond streets


July 14th – Juice Hip-Hop Exhibition

Time: 10am – 8pm

Location –  St. Ann’s Warehouse – 45 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201


A night dedicated to showcasing all aspects of the culture with performances by Dreamville’s own, Bas, Cozz, Omen, and Earthgang; DJ sets by Kerim The DJ and DJ Midnite; dancer performances by Chrybaby Cozie & Lite Feet Nation and Clean Fresh Air; and an art gallery curated by Bishop Gallery featuring a “Brooklyn’s Finest” gallery and A&R veteran, Sickamore’s exhibit on the A&R process.


July 14th – The Finale Concert

Time: 12pm – 8pm

Location –  Brooklyn Bridge Park – 11 Water Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY 11201, at Dock Street

DJ sets will take place at St. Ann’s Warehouse – 45 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201


The culmination of our programming. The legendary show that has created unforgettable memories for over a decade with reunited groups and surprise performances. The place where old school legends share the stage with next generation’s stars.

Featuring: Rakim, DMX, The Lox, Stretch & Bobbito, Oshun, DJ Mister Cee, DJ Rob Swift, and more Hosted by Uncle Ralph McDaniels and Torae.