The Hip-Hop Institute presented by Brooklyn Bodega
in partnership with the 2017 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival
The English Department at Medgar Evers College
Medgar Evers College
1650 Bedford Ave,
Brooklyn, NY

Doors – 10 am

Opening Remarks – 10:15 am

Keynote Speaker

Linda Sarsour 10:30 am


Community Engagement and Activism in the Age of Hip-Hop:
 11:15 – 12:00 pm

The English Department at Medgar Evers College is sponsoring this panel for engaged members of the college and larger Brooklyn community. The discussion will be facilitated by Medgar Evers Faculty and Alumni as they share their experiences on the community activist work they have done and continue to do. Panelists will also give advice on how to become further involved in community building initiatives locally, nationally and globally.

  • Moderator
    • Adero-Zaire Green (Medgar Evers Faculty, English)
  • Panelist
    • Richard Green (Medgar Evers Faculty, History)
    • Chris Wise (Medgar Evers Alum)
    • Adama Delphine Fawundu (Film maker)


“Preserving The Legacy” 12:15 –  1:00 pm

A conversation with Timothy Anne Burnside, Museum Specialist in Curatorial Affairs at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC (NMAAHC), moderated by Uncle Ralph McDaniels with Fab Five Freddy and Christopher Emdin.  We will discuss the process of building the NMAAHC collection.  Hip-Hop is featured more prominently in the collection than any other music. Ms. Burnside will discuss how this came to be and the importance of documenting Hip-Hop for posterity.

  • Moderator
    • Uncle Ralph McDaniels
  • Panelist
    • Timothy Anne Burnside
    • Fab Five Freddy
    • Christopher Emdin (Ph.D of Urban Studies, Columbia University)

Army Speaker

Command Sergeant Major Charles Peterson: 1:00 – 1:10 pm

Hip-Hop Journalism

From Print to Digital. How can a writer survive?
Former writer for The Source, Scratch and editor for WatchLoud jerry barrow will lead a discussion about the current state of journalism and track the transformation from print to digital. How can a writer survive? Have we blurred the lines between editorial and sales to the detriment of the culture?

1:15 – 2:00 pm

BREAK 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Shea Moisture Conversation: 2:30 – 3:00 pm

One-on-one conversation with a rep from Shea Moisture and Tia Williams

The Women’s March on Washington and Activism in the Hip-Hop Age: 3:15 – 4:00 pm

Ginny Suss, VP of okayplayer and Producer of The Women’s March on Washington will lead a discussion on the historic Women’s March. What went into the planning, what obstacles did they overcome that will never hear about. How did Hip-Hop play a role? How can Hip-Hop activists use the March as a model for their own advocacy?

  • Moderator
    • Madame Gandhi (Artist, Activist)
  • Panelist
    • Toshi Reagon (Artist)
    • Janaye Ingram (Air bnb)
    • Ginny Suss (VP at Okayplayer)
    • Paola Mendoza (Filmmaker)
The New Industry: The Impact of Streaming on Hip-Hop in the Digital Age: 4:15 – 5:00 pm

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers, and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education, and human services programs. This panel is part of a major initiative by The Recording Academy to include varied voices within the hip-hop community. The purpose of the panel is to educate and spread awareness of NARAS/The Recording Academy (NY chapter), voting requirements, submission process, digital and streaming rules, and discuss changes in hip-hop due to music streaming.

  • Moderator
    • Torae (Artist)
  • Panelist
    • Rico Brooks (Adella Thomas Management, Manager)
    • Drew “Dru-Ha” Friedman (Duck Down)
    • Leota Blacknor (Marketing and Branding Strategist)
Fashion #ForTheCulture:  5:15 – 6:00 pm

During the late 80s into the 90s you felt the inspiration of hip-hop and it’s entrepreneurial spirit through the brands that represented the culture. Brands such as Fubu, Phat Farm, Karl Kani, Rocawear, and Sean John, had a great run, but their cultural relevance did not last. Can an urban brand directly birthed from the culture stand the test of time, and build fashion houses and staples such as Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, GAP, Calvin Klein? We gather fashion influencers, journalist, stylist, and boutique owners to discuss this topic.

  • Moderator
    • Glenn Wiggins (False Image)
  • Panelist
    • April Walker (designer)
    • Misa Hylton (stylist)
Office Hours w/ Sickamore Moderated by Juels Pierrot #ForTheCulture Conversation: 6:15 – 7:00 pm