Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival

The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival is right around the corner! For those who aren’t familiar with this event, it began back in 04′ by Brooklyn Bodega. They’ve had all artists from A Tribe Called Quest to Smif N Wessun. This year it will be held from July 5th to the 10th. If you find yourself free one of those days, definitely check it out. Especially if you live and breathe hip hop, this is truly a celebration you don’t want to miss.

SCHEDULE:

Mon 7/5: Show and Prove Superbowl

Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 963-3369

8pm-1am

Six Artists will compete in the last show and prove for the remaining two slots for the main day on July 10th. Finalists: Kalae All Day, Poetic Republic, The Crowd, Mike Flo, St Joe Louis

Followed by an After party with Large Pro on the wheels & more.

Cover- $5 – This event is 21+

Tuesday 7/6: Bodega Education Initiative: The Legacy of J Dilla

Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Cover- $10 – All Ages

BEI’s  main focus is to celebrate the life and understand the music of the late J Dilla, who is one of the most influential Hip Hop producers and composers of all time. In collaboration with The J Dilla Foundation, an organization founded by J Dilla’s mother and lifelong friend, Maureen Yancey. This event will be filled with panel discussions and seminars that will delve into the scope of production and Dilla’s influence on hip hop.

PANEL SUMMARY

4- 4:30pm: Stussy J Dilla Documentary

4:30-5:45pm: Session 1
Roundtable Discussion discussing Dilla’s production techniques, diverse discography, and influence.
There will also be a special discussion about Dilla’s path as artist as entrepreneur.
Featured Artists: Frank Nitty from Frank N Dank, Wajeed from the Platinum Pied Pipers, DJ Spinna and Big Tone
5:45-6:15 pm: 30 minute Intermission:
J Dilla Ensemble

6:15-7:30pm: Session 2
One-on-One conversation with Dilla’s mother, Maureen ‘Ma Dukes’ Yancey and Q-Tip.
Two of the most important people in Dilla’s life will give an intimate glimpse into the life of one of the most prolific and talented producers Hip-Hop has ever produced.
Featured Artist: Q Tip
7:30-7:45pm: 15 minute Break:
J Dilla Ensemble
7:45-8:00pm
Closing Remarks

Wed. 7/8: Classic Hip-Hop Film Night

Screening of “Juice” (1992)


7pm

Brooklyn Tech High School

29 Fort Greene Place

Brooklyn, NY 11217

Cover $5- All Ages

Thurs 7/9: Salute the DJ

9pm – 1am Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211-3009
(718) 486-5400

Featured DJ’s:

Bobbito Garcia aka Kool Bob Love
DJ Spinna
Rob Swift of the X-ecutioners
DJ Rhettmatic of The Beat Junkies
Waajeed (PPP)


This event will be divided into two parts.

The first will see Bobbito, Spinna and Waajeed rock solo sets and then go record for record as they spin the best Soul, Hip-Hop, Jazz, House and whatever flavor they have in their crates.

The second will feature a four turntable extravaganza with Rob Swift of The X-ecutioners and DJ Rhettmatic of The Beat Junkies. These world renowned and champion Turntablists will whip the crowd into a frenzy with a display of turntable wizardry.

Cover $10 – This Event is 21+

Fri 7/10: BHF Family Day

12pm TOBACCO WAREHOUSE
26 New Dock Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201

Block party centered around the youth in the Hip-Hop community. Games, Entertainment, Community Groups, politicians, Moms, Dads, and kids come together to celebrate the core message of Hip-Hop: social change and individual empowerment.

Saturday 7/10 Performance Day

12pm. BROOKLYN BRIDGE PLAZA & TOBACCO WAREHOUSE

26 New Dock Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201

Cover $15- All Ages

Featured Artists:De La Soul, Smif N Wessun, Black Moon, Black Milk, Masta Ace, Skyzoo, Money Making Jam Boys, Curren$y, Fashawn, Rakka Iriscience, DJ Babu, J Dilla Ensemble, Dj Parler, Those Chosen, Aquil.

Hosted by Uncle Ralph Mcdaniel

Saturday 7/10 BHF 2010 After Party

9pm – 2am.
Southpaw
125 Fifth Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217
718.230.0236


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Fleet Week is Here!

So i just finished watching a SATC rerun of the “Anchors Away” episode which was on tonight and it reminded me that it is officially the beginning of Fleet Week here in NYC. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Fleet Week, i’ll give you a brief rundown.It began in 1984, specifically to honor those in the U.S Navy and Marine Corps. During this week, there are so many events and public tours where you can visit the ships near the Piers and Harbor. Us ladies love Fleet Week because I mean who doesn’t like seeing a man in uniform 😉 . This week is perfect to check out some of the events that are going on for fleet week since Memorial day is also this weekend and we cant forget the most anticipated and awaited movie of the summer, Sex and the City 2 !! So go out and enjoy all the fun things the Big Apple has to offer, the weather will be beautiful, heard we are expecting temperatures in the 90s. And who knows, you might just find yourself swooned by a sexy Sailor!

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Short of the Week -Validation

A feel good short film and in simplest form, it essentially reminds you to never forget to Smile! 🙂

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Lauryn Hill Headlining Rock the Bells 2010

She’s been gone for a minute, but now URB has announced that she will be headlining the Rock the Bells tour 2010. How did Guerilla Union do it? Anywho, Being the main act, she’ll most likely be performing The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill which is one of my favorite albums of all time. I really hope her voice is still in tact because I’d definitely love to see her live.

UPDATE: According to founder of Rock the Bells, Chang Weisberg, he mentioned in his press conference yesterday that he & his camp did reach out to Lauryn Hill, but it wasn’t fully through. *sigh* We could all hope right? But what was definitely confirmed was that the rest of the artists will be performing their classics.

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Short of the Week- Five Feet High & Rising

A short by Peter Sollet which was the winner of the Short Filmmaking Award at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. If you haven’t seen Raising Victor Vargas, this was the backdrop for that movie. Its the story of a 12 yr old boy named Victor who is growing up in the Lower East Side and going through different experiences.  You may recognize Victor because he stars in the recent HBO show “How to Make it in America.” as Cameron “Cam” Calderon.  They also just picked up Season 2, which I definitely will be watching!

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As We Enter Video- Nas & Damian Marley

The official video for the single “As We Enter” off the highly anticipated album Distant Relatives, which is set to release on May 18th.  Nas and Damian Marley are also touring this year and holding a concert at the Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn.

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Zac Posen for Target

Today is the release of Zac Posen’s collection for Target. As expected, many of the favorite items are sold out online and some Target stores only carry a few pieces. I managed to score the Tuxedo Jacket which Dakota Fanning has been seen wearing, and the Yellow Rain Coat that i thought would be awesome for the Spring Season.  Check out some of the Items at Target.com  or visit your nearest Target store to get some Goods!

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