Tony Keith, Jr. will share highlights from his dissertation research about Hip-Hop, spoken word poetry, and educational leadership. The event will featuring presentations and performances by local and internationally recognized Hip-Hop educators, rappers, poets and emcees who also serve as community partners for public high schools around the country, including: Jessica Care Moore, Jessica Valoris ; William Jenkins; Yusha Assad; Princess Best Speaks; Elisabet Velasquez; Branden Balenzuela; and Veracity Savant.
The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) presents the Chinatown Block Party with Words Beats & Life every Friday, 5 – 8pm, from July 12 to August 9. Attendees can enjoy live performances while exploring their creative side with a host of free activities including graffiti art, DJing, double dutch, mega chess, and a dance workshop and drumming activity. The Chinatown Block Party is part of the Discover Chinatown Parks programming series supported jointly by the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID), and the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA). Program partners include Words Beats & Life, Inc., the National Park Service, the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, and the DC Public Library. More info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chinatown-block-party-2019-tickets-60209331732?ref=eios
Sponsored by Prince Georges County African American Museum and cultural Center, the panel will take place following a musical performance from In Series, based on a play called 'From U Street to the Cotton Club'. It looks at the once thriving music U Street DC and Harlem NY.
The panel will cover a range of topics: Harlem renaissance in relation to the times we are in now, the importance of Black holidays and maintaining and creating Black traditions, gentrification + claiming space, in addition to crowd sourcing community solutions.