Brown Sugar Film Night: A Love Letter To Hip-Hop | BRIC Hip-Hop 50 Weekend
BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! @ Lena Horne Bandshell (Prospect Park)
141 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215, USA
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Doors 6:00PM/Show 7:00PM
Join us for a night of Hip-Hop activities – talks, film, music, and more! Come preview BRIC Hip-Hop, our new, permanent home for the education, expression, and evolution of Hip-Hop.
We’ll be screening early-aughts favorite Brown Sugar for a nod to the writers, producers, managers and other behind-the-scenes powerhouses who keep the Hip-Hop ecosystem buzzing. Plus, enjoy Hip-Hop trivia with University of Dope, a ceremony honoring women in Hip-Hop with fashion trailblazer April Walker, a Fireside Chat with BRIC President Wes Jackson and New York Times Culture Reporter Joe Coscarelli, and a DJ set by Quinnette for the whole family to celebrate all elements of this vital culture.
*Please Note: A limited amount of chairs will be available at this show, but you are also permitted to bring your own.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS/PARTICIPANTS
Quinnette, a native of Louisville, Kentucky understood she could make music a life at the age of 14 by collecting records; her journey began growing up in the south where music was cherished by feeling, & was not conformed to any era or time. She is an audio engineer and editor. Shade 45, Sways Universe, featured a mix of hers. Adept at spinning vinyl and grooving with Serato: there is no limit to genre, as her unique mixes inspire soulfulness all round. As an educator, she uses music and technology to empower youth, teaching DJ skills and mentoring young children to encourage their dreams.
April Walker is a fashion icon, entrepreneur, and author whose work has been featured in Forbes, In Style, Essence, The New York Times, Drink Champs, Vogue, CFDA. Walker has also been featured in award winning documentaries such as “The Remix Hip Hop X Fashion” and “Fresh Dressed.” As a Brooklyn native, she followed her creative intuition, pioneering urban fashion, setting the stage for a revolution in fashion industry norms, gender politics, and culture shifting. Walker shaped the direction that style would take in the future, and has become one of the most relevant and influential brand historians to date. As the first woman with an urban fashion brand, Walker Wear helped to create a multi-billion dollar industry that we know as streetwear today, kicked in distribution doors, and commanded millions in sales. Icons such as Tupac, BIG and Aaliyah have all donned the brand.
Joe Coscarelli is a culture reporter for The New York Times with a focus on popular music, and the author of “Rap Capital: An Atlanta Story.” Since joining The Times in late 2014, he has aimed to pull back the curtain on the music industry’s biggest stars, hit songs, emerging artists, and influential behind-the-scenes connectors via news investigations, in-depth profiles, and the video series “Diary of a Song.” He is also a frequent guest on The Times’s music podcast, “Popcast.” Mr. Coscarelli’s work encompasses the unwieldy world of 21st century music and its influence on broader culture. He has interviewed Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar, uncovered the complexities of Britney Spears’s career and explored where rap collides with the criminal justice system. A Florida native and a graduate of New York University, he previously worked at New York Magazine and The Village Voice.
ABOUT BRIC HIP-HOP 50TH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND
This summer, we're honored to celebrate the alternative Hip-Hop and makers of the culture who aren't always placed centerstage. From Digable Planets' interplanetary political jazz stylings to Kari Faux's eclectic Southern rap to Brown Sugar's love letter to Hip-Hop, we're strolling through the genre's 50 years with an eye toward the margins and the folks who uphold the culture from behind-the-scenes. In addition to a weekend at the Bandshell, we're paying homage to the often invisible but undeniable impact of women, femmes, and queer communities in Hip-Hop through ongoing programming at BRIC House this fall and beyond. We're honoring writers, designers, performers and producers who have kept Hip-Hop expansive and full of kinetic energy since its inception.
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