Bodega Education Initiative to Hold Hip-Hop Dialogue in Brooklyn as part of BHF ’11

Bodega Education Initiative to Hold Hip-Hop Dialogue in Brooklyn as part of BHF ’11

Bodega Education Initiative to Hold Hip-Hop Dialogue in Brooklyn as a part of BHF ’11

This year’s BHF will go “Beyond the Mic”

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Brooklyn, NY June 6, 2011
Brooklyn Bodega is proud to add a new event to the week-long programming of the 2011 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. The Bodega Education Initiative (BEI) will focus on encouraging dialogue on the various disciplines of Hip-Hop; from business to law to writing to production and everything else in between.

Brooklyn Bodega and The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival always strive to unite people through Hip-Hop culture and the BEI emphasizes that mission furthermore by opening up the dialogue to a wide range of topics concerning the Hip-Hop community.

“Helping the younger generation to become masters of their own brands is my passion. I believe that educational opportunities for our Hip-Hop youth are part of an underserved market and I would like part of my personal legacy as well as that of Brooklyn Bodega to take the lead at fulfilling this gap.”
-Wes Jackson, Executive Director,Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

The theme for this year’s BEI will give participants the chance to explore the various spaces within Hip-Hop. BEI will be covering topics based around the other elements of Hip-Hop culture, essentially those “Beyond the Mic.” While rapping has always been at the forefront of Hip-Hop, there’s a whole world beyond the mic and the emcee. These topics will make for interesting discussions.

Started in 2010, the BEI focuses on giving people the opportunity to learn from mentors and more importantly, each other. This day-long event will feature roundtable conversations on a variety of topics such as: Hip-Hop journalism, entrepreneurship and the role of gender and sexuality in Hip-Hop, just to name a few.

What: Bodega Education Initiative
When: Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
10am-2:30pm (includes lunch)
Where: The Higgins Hall Auditorium of Pratt Institute
65 St. James Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Who: Dr. Marcella Runell Hall of NYU: Hip-Hop Pedagogy
Dru Ha of Duck Down Records: Entrepreneurship
Homeboy Sandman: MC Craft Workshop
Berklee Conservatory of Music/ J Dilla Ensemble: Performance
and more TBA

Buy Tickets Here

The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival (BHF) returns on Monday, July 11th- Saturday, July, 16th. This premier week-long, all-ages event attracts over 20,000 fans to Brooklyn annually in a celebration of Hip-Hop music and culture. More artists and venue information to be announced soon!

This year, fans can look forward to the return of the Show & Prove Super Bowl, Bodega Education Initiative, Salute The DJ, Family Day and the Main Stage performances; plus new programming such as Bodega Art Show and the Bodega Recognition Awards.

Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival tickets and ticket packages have gone on sale to the general public online via Purchase and receive your $10 gift certificate to

Want to get involved? Here is how…

Sponsorship & Vendor Opportunities: All interested parties should email Kelli Jones at or for more information.

Media Partnership: To get your outlet involved with this year’s Festival, please contact Pamela Bishop at or

Call For Volunteers: Reach out and come join this dynamic group of cultural advocates by filling out the BHF Volunteer form.

About Bodega Education Initiative
A series of talks and discussions designed to create a space of dialogue between the diverse members of the Hip-Hop community. Attendees of the BEI will receive a basic knowledge on the history and content of Hip-Hop as seen through the pioneers and most intimate members of the culture. BEI will ultimately serve as a meeting point for all the different voices and perspectives within the Hip-Hop community: fans, artists, scholars, and practitioners in order to honor the history as well as add momentum to the culture.

The inaugural BEI occurred on July 6th, 2010 as part of the 6th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival where Brooklyn Bodega and The J Dilla Foundation celebrated the legacy of James Yewitt Yancey (aka JDilla) through tabled discussion. Panelists included Hip-Hop legend Q-Tip, Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, DJ Spinna, Waajeed of the Platinum Pied Pipers and more.

Brooklyn Bodega is a multimedia content production and branding company. Our brand extends into event production, journalism and critical media analysis, digital and grassroots marketing, radio, video, and content distribution. While The Bodega is best known for producing New York City’s largest Hip-Hop event, The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival; our expertise also manifests in Brooklyn Bodega Radio, Bodega TV, our blogazine and online home, and most recently The Bodega Agency, our boutique marketing and branding operation.

The Bodega is made up of an extraordinary group of cultural programmers, marketing professionals, writers, designers and academics who have heeded their own personal call to action and have dedicated themselves to the celebration and preservation of Hip-Hop culture.

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