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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Bodega Education Initiative “Beyond The Mic”

The Bodega Education Initiative
A day-long event that will feature roundtable conversations on a variety of topics and the theme is to go “Beyond The Mic.” Speakers include Dru Ha of Duck Down Records, Dr. Larry Simpson of Provost & Berklee School of Music and more. Plus a performance by the J Dilla Ensemble on Wednesday July 13 from 10am-2pm at Pratt Institute. 

Just Added - The Legendary Milk Dee (Audio 2 and creator of the seminal anthem 'Top Billin') to discuss sampling

Where: Pratt Institute, Higgins Hall, 61 St. James Place, Fort Greene, Brooklyn
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When: Wednesday July 13th, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
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The Bodega Education Initiative “Beyond The Mic”
Opening Remarks and Introduction at 10:00 am:
Wes Jackson (President, Brooklyn Bodega/ Executive Director, The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival)

Roundtables:  Session One  10:45 -11:45 am,  Session Two 12:00-1:00pm
“Hip-Hop Pedagogy and Education” (Room HH S 110) : Featuring educators, activists, and artists, the discussion will interrogate the inequalities of the public education system and the ways in which hip-hop education/pedagogy, as a theory and principle, provides solutions to this dilemma. Featuring:
Dr. Marcella Runell Hall (Interim Director of The Center for Multicultural Education and Programs, NYU)
Farbeon (Artist/Educator/ Founder, Say Word Entertainment)
Chris “ Kazi” Rolle(Artist Educator/ Founder, The Hip Hop Project)
Moderated by: Chop (Artist/Educator)

“Hip-Hop Journalism” (Room HH N 105) : This roundtable will interrogate the nature of  the relationship between journalist and cultural critics and hip-hop. Featuring:
Elizabeth Mendez Berry (Adjunct Professor of Music Journalism, NYU’s Clive Davis School of Recorded Music)
Kelefa Sanneh(Journalist/Writer, The New Yorker)
Jake Paine (Editor-In-Chief, Hip-Hop DX)
Christopher Weingarten (Journalist/Writer, Village Voice, Rolling Stone)
Moderated by: Justin Hunte (Managing Editor,

“The Cultural and Entrepreneurship Initiative” (Panel Room HH N 104) : This roundtable will recognize significant cultural and entrepreneurship initiatives within the Hip-Hop community by celebrating the 20th anniversary of the nation’s first hip hop conference as well as honoring the hustle and business savy behind one of Hip-Hop’s most important independent labels, Duck Down Records.  Featuring:

Dru Ha (Co-Founder, Duck Down Records)
Ras Baraka (South Ward Councilman, Newark, NJ)
Ceeon Quiett (Strategic Communications Consultant, BP’s Gulf Coast Restoration Organization)
Matthew Middleton (Entertainment Law Lawyer, Simon, Eisenburg, and Baum)
Moderated by: April Silver (Founder/President, Akila Work Songs Inc.)

Copy Right Criminals: A Screening and Conversation” (Room Auditorium): This roundtable will screen the documentary Copy Right Criminals and discuss the important yet controversial nature of sampling within hip-hop culture. Featuring:
Ysae Southwell (Founder, Brooklyn Funk Production)
Matthew Middleton (Entertainment Law Layer, Simon, Eisenburg & Baum LLP)
Johnny Juice (DJ/Composer/Producer, The Bomb Squad)
Milk Dee (Artist, Audio Two)
Moderated by: Lisa Willis 

Lunch 1:00 -1:30 pm

Closing Remarks, Performance and Emcee Competition 1:30-2:30 pm:
Dr. Larry Simpson (Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost Berklee College of Music)
The J Dilla Ensemble, Berklee College of Music

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