Youth Speaks, in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage, present an evening to celebrate the winners of the national spoken word competition designed to foster discussion among young people and adults about the challenges and opportunities students face as they strive to stay on the path to graduation. Hosted by D.C. hip-hop artist Gabriel “Asheru” Benn, the program will feature performances from each of the five winners, plus an appearance by DJ Questlove and Black Thought, NPR’s Glynn Washington, and Hill Harper. The RAISE Up project is part of American Graduate - Let's Make It Happen! - a public media initiative to address the drop out crisis, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the Hall of Nations starting at approximately 4:30 p.m., up to 2 tickets per person.
Founded by award-winning hip-hop artist and U.S. State Department Global Ambassador Gabriel “Asheru” Benn, Guerilla Arts Ink is a local arts organization dedicated to serving area youth with authentic arts and cultural programming and apprenticeship opportunities, led by a group of top-notch teaching artists across all genres and media. This performance is a showcase featuring the talents of a very special group of teaching artists who have dedicated their time and talents to make the world a better place.
The D.C. hip-hop artist, known for writing and performing the opening theme song of the popular TV series, The Boondocks, showcases material from his upcoming release Sleepless in Soweto, a musical dedication to South Africa. This performance is a preview of the Center’s spring festival One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
The D.C.-based artist, who performs the opening and closing themes for popular series The Boondocks, is a pioneer in hip hop education and is the first MC to win the Peabody Award for Journalism.