Fridays eighth annual Real Talk Hip-Hop Summit is a tribute to women and, therefore, features quite a group of female presenters for its various workshops.
The first session, starting at 10 a.m. Friday at the Douglass Theatre, includes an emcee workshop with Yanni Davis, a breakdancing workshop with Raqi from Americas Best Dance Crew and Music Industry 101 with So So Def recording artist Dondria and her mother, Cynthia McCarty, according to organizer George Muhammad.
Well also have youth testimonials about their experiences with past summits and with hip-hop, Muhammad said, adding that all of the days activities are positive and family friendly. There is no vulgar or disrespectful language; we really pride ourselves on that.
A second session will begin at 4 p.m. Friday at Freedom Park. It will include Shanti Das, formerly of Universal Motown Records, producer Rhapsody and breakout sessions for men and women about the role and value of women in hip-hop, as well as having respect for women and respect for self.
The idea in having the summit in two parts is that we like to continue our partnership with the Douglass and we also like to do something in the community, for people who may not come downtown or who may have to work during the day, Muhammad said. We try to be out in the neighborhoods and make Real Talk accessible to the different parts of the community.
-- Laura Shirley
Real Talk Hip-Hop Summit
When: 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday
Where: 10 a.m. at the Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., and 4 p.m. at Freedom Park, 3301 Roff Ave.