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Dior Ashley Brown EMCEE

Sat, Mar 23

Dior Ashley Brown is a “Hip Hop Polymath,” as quoted by the Washington Post. An emcee, actor, poet, host, songwriter, playwright, activist, creative community curator, and Founder of the DC Music Summit. Miss dAb is a proud Washington, D.C. Native, Army Brat and graduate of both Duke Ellington School of the Performing Arts and University of Maryland, College Park, Theatre Arts Programs. Dior’s style of Hip Hop has been compared to greats such as Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Lauryn Hill, and James Brown. 

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Moon Medicin (part of DIRECT CURRENT)

Thu, Apr 4, 2019, 9:00 PM

This multimedia concept band, fronted by Harlem-based interdisciplinary artist Sanford Biggers, performs original compositions and re-imagined covers against a backdrop of sound effects and images of sci-fi, punk, sacred geometry, coded symbology, film noir, minstrels, world politics, and ceremonial dance. 

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Queen Latifah (part of The Bridge Concert Series)

Sun, Apr 14, 2019, 8:00 PM

The Grammy®- and Golden Globe®–winning artist is one of Hip Hop’s pioneer feminists. Queen Latifah became the first Hip Hop artist to be crowned with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and she makes her Kennedy Center performance debut in this program.

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Javier Starks

Sat, Apr 27

Javier Starks is an emcee, recording artist, songwriter, and youth advocate. He uses clean Hip Hop to spread positivity worldwide without degrading women, promoting drugs, excessive violence, or over-glorifying money. His Mission: Creating 100% curse-free music, while being a role model for youth through artistic expression. With every song, Javier Starks continues to entertain, while positively influencing a global audience of fans both young and old!

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Amanda Seales presents Mo' Betta Wu: Jazz from the 36 Chambers

Thu, Jun 6, 2019, 8:00 PM

Mo’ Betta Wu blends songs by the Wu-Tang Clan with theatrics, jazz elements, humor, and now legendary Wu-isms into an unforgettable presentation.

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Smart Funny & Black: Hip Hop Culture Edition

Fri, Jun 7, 2019, 8:00 PM

Created by comedian/actress/producer Amanda Seales (HBO Insecure), Smart Funny & Black brings your favorite funny folks to the “Hall of Flava” to compete in a head to head battle of wits that tests their knowledge of black history, black culture, and the black experience. 

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Amanda Seales Presents: An Evening with Amanda Seales

Sat, Jun 8, 2019, 8:00 PM

Comedian, actress, writer, producer, and more, Amanda Seales doesn’t just make you laugh, she makes change in this evening of stand-up!

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HERstory: Love Forever

Jun 14 - Jun 15, 2019

Drawing inspiration from Common’s 1994 classic “I Used to Love H.E.R.,” playwright, performer, poet, and teacher Goldie Patrick will examine the roles of several women and their changing relationship with Hip Hop in this immersive full-length play. 

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