4th Annual Seattle Hip-Hop Leadership Conference – Full Schedule & Registration Info

Seattle Hip Hop Leadership Conference 2013 Flyer
4th Annual Seattle Hip-Hop Leadership Conference, Sat. Feb. 23rd at Seattle Central Community College will bring together leading figures in Seattle’s Hip Hop, digital media and marketing communities.

REGISTER NOW: http://seahiphopconference2013.bpt.me

This years event themed “Back 2 The Future” will explore the historical, present and future context, dynamics, impacts, and potential of hip-hop music and culture. The conference will address a range of topics from making a living in music to the international cross-cultural impact to the intersection of hip hop and digital technology.

4th Annual Hip-Hop Leadership Conference
“Back 2 The Future”

Schedule At A Glance:

10:30-10:50a: Opening Cipher

11:00a-12:00p Session 1 Breakout Ciphers

 Making A Living in Today’s Music Industry” presented by Seattle Music Commission

  • James Bertram, Amanda Graham, Merchandising, Sub Pop Records and Luckyhorse Industries
  • Ricardo Fraser, CEO/Principal, ZakiRose Media
  • Ali HedrickAgent, Billions
  • Juga Hill, Artist
  • Tony Kiewel, VP of A& R, Sub Pop Records
  • Jonathan Moore, Cultural Ambassador, Goodrich & Gold Creative Agency
  • Ed Pierson, Entertainment Lawyer/Co-Editor Law & Business of the Entertainment Industries
  • Jonathan Poneman – President & CEO, Sub Pop Records

12:00-12:50 Lunch On Your Own

1:00-2:00p Session 2 Breakout Ciphers

How Digital has Changed the Music Industry

  • Arif Gursel – Chief Technologist & Software Innovator VibeHeavy/former Microsoft Tech Evangelist
  • Jeff Osborn – Production Manager, Fin Records
  • Fleeta Partee-Artist/President, Animal Houze Recordz,Fleetapartee.com
  • Brian Rauscenbach – Co-Founder, Seattle Interactive Conference
  • Lucca Sachetti – Founder, RockstarMotel.com
  • Yirim Seck – MC/Entrepreneur, YirimSeck.com

Hip-Hop & Community: Local to Global

  • Jace Ecaj” – MC/Teaching Artist, Black Stax
  • Jamil Suleman, MC/Teaching Artist/Co-Founder , Bruce Lee Peace Garden
  • Michael “Mikeskee” Huang. B-Boy, Digital marketing professional/Social Entrepreneur & —Associate Director, Extraordinary Futures
  • Frayzee – Hip Hop Artist, Tanzania
  • Zithri Salim – Non-profit Executive/Social Entrepreneur, Technology Access Foundation
  • Cristina Innovoung – Coordinator, Freshest Roots
  • Redskin – MC/Media Producer, Northwest Coastal/Idle No More
  • Gyasi Ross, Esq. – Attorney/Spokesman, Idle No More

2:10-3:10p Session 3 Breakout Ciphers

Creative Commerce: “Storytelling and brand development across multiple platforms”

  • Brian Marr, SmashingIdeas.com
  • Zach Huntting, Founder/CEO, Crown Social
  • Sermons Domain – Blogger/Founder – The Sermons Domain
  • Georgio Brown – Video Producer/Founder, Coolout Network

3:20 – 4:20 Session 4Breakout Ciphers

Women In Hip-Hop

  • Timmie “Lady Tasz” Foster, MC/Hip-Hop Artist/Social Entrepreneur, Foster Enterprises
  • Gift Uh Gab – MC, Moore Gang Collective
  • Naybesa – Entertainment and Music Blogger/Gossip Maven
  • Nikkitta Oliver, Spoken Word Artist/Law Student/Coordinator Logos Open Mic
  • Sharmaine “Purple” Tramble – Filmmaker/Founder & CEO, Purple Reels Productions

206 4 PEACE: Urban Nightlife Stakeholders Roundtable
Moderated by Rob Jones, Sterling World Entertainment
Beyond the dress code, practical strategies to increase peace and safety in our clubs, shows and community

4:30 – 5:30: Closing Cipher: Where do we go from here? (Rm. 1110)
About the Seattle Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council
Seattle Hip Hop Summit Action Network Youth Council (SHSANYC) was established in August 2002 as a vehicle for youth empowerment and leadership development in the greater Seattle area. SHANYC is the Seattle affiliate of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) founded in 2001 by entertainment mogul Russell Simmons and civil rights veteran Dr. Benjamin Chavis. HSAN is the largest non-profit, national coalition of hip-hop artists, entertainment industry leaders, education advocates, civil rights proponents, and youth leaders united in the belief that Hip-Hop is an enormously influential agent for positive social change which must be responsibly and proactively utilized to fight the war on poverty and injustice. For more information on the Seattle Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council visit http://www.seattlehiphopsummit.org.

About UmojaFest Peace Center & The United For Youth Coalition
The UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center is a community based, youth focused cultural center in the heart of Seattle’s historic Central District. The center features and audio recording and video production facilities, library/reading room, Organic P.E.A.C.E. Garden and outdoor stage. For more information visit http://www.umojafestpeacecenter.com. The United For Youth Coalition is a growing network of community-based organizations, businesses and individuals committed to creating safer communities by recognizing and engaging youth as assets rather than liabilities.




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9:00a-10:00a                           Registration/Continental Breakfast Networking

10:00-11:10a                           Opening Cipher (Rm. 1110)

11:20 -12:30p                          Breakout Ciphers: Panels/Workshop Sessions 1

12:30 – 1:30                             Lunch on Your Own – Open Mic Cipher

1:30 – 2:40p                             Breakout Ciphers:  Panels/Workshop Sessions 2

2:50-4:00p                               Breakout Ciphers:  Panels/Workshop Sessions 3

4:00 -5:15p                              Closing Cipher (Rm. 1110)

5:00 – 5 :30p                            Networking

Breakout Ciphers: Workshops/Panel Discussions


10:00-11:15a:             Opening Cipher – Hip Hop:  Tool , Toy or Weapon? (Rm. 1110)

11:20a-12:30p            Breakout Session 1

SCCC RM 4130        Real Talk on The “N” Word (p):

SCCC RM 4134          Hip Hop World Order(p)

SCCC RM 4148        Hip Hop & The Art of Critical Pedagogy  (p)

12:30-1:30                  Lunch On Your Own – Open Mic Cipher (Rm. 1110)


1:30-2:40p                  Breakout Session 2

SCCC RM 4130         Social Media & Hip Hop Generation (p)

SCCC RM 4134          Hip-Hop Occupies: Politics & Community (p)

SCCC RM 1110        Eartopia: The Gift of Sound (w)

2:50-4:00p                  Breakout Session 3

SCCC RM 4130         Art vs. Commerce (p)

SCCC RM 1110         Hip-Hop 101 & New Word Order (w)

SCCC RM  4134        Women In Hip-Hop (p)

SCCC RM  4148        Surviving Police Youth Profiling: Know Your Rights & Protect Yourself (w)

4:10 – 5:15                  Closing Cipher:  Where do we go from here? (Rm. 1110)

 Opening Discussion  – Hip-Hop:Tool, Toy or Weapon

Kenyatto “Moorpheus Magnetic” Amen; Dirty O – Tha Reason Records; Jake One – Producer; DJ Hyphen – KUBE93 Sound Sessions/AudacityofDope.com; Gordon Curvey – Founder, Music Inner City;  Jessica Hu – UW Hip-Hop Association; Larry Mizell – The Stranger/KEXP Street Sounds; The Note – Music Video Director, Notework Media  Michael “Mikeskee” Huang – Sleepless Collective/UW Hip-Hop Association; Redskin – First Nation Hip-Hop Pioneer; Tilla V – Artist/Founder, District Money/Grizzly Ent; Toyia Taylor – Delta Gems (Delta Sigma Theta Sorority)/Founder Sisterhood UW; E-Dawg – Veteran Artist & Radio Personality; DJ B-Mello – Veteran DJ, KUBE 93; Brainstorm – Dyme Def; 2Eleven– Self Tightld; DJ Infrared – Producer/DJ, Wojack – Program Director, SeattleNightOutWaveRadio.com

The opening cipher will feature a discussion of hip-hop’s origins and evolution into an international phenomenon that is embraced across racial, ethnic, economic and geographical boundaries.  Many prominent members of the Seattle hip hop community will weigh in on how hip-hop is being used by various entities from its origin in the urban ghettos of America to the international scene as well as the state of Seattle Hip-Hop and where it’s been, where it’s at,  going, should be going, etc.

Hip-Hop World Order

11:20a-12:30p –

Rahwa Habte – Hidmo; Njuguna “Monk Wordsmith” Gishuru – The Physics

This session will focus on the international impact of hip hop.  Questions to be explored include: How has HipHop influenced nations outside of the United States? How has HipHop shaped immigrants, migrants, and refugee experiences within the United States? How does HipHop shape people’s understanding of the United States outside of its borders? How is HipHop used internationally? How is HipHop used within immigrant, migrant, and refugee? How has HipHop been used to connect political struggles? Do non-Black artists honor the roots of HipHop?  Are there elements of cultural appropriation? How have you used HipHop to tell the story of your homeland, people, or nation(s)? Has HipHop been used to export the ideas of racism against Black people? How have you used HipHop to connect the issues of diasporic peoples, immigration, displacement, and gentrification? (Break it down

The Art of Critical Pedagogy (Remixed) & Hip-Hop as A Teaching Tool

11:20a-12:30p –

Jose “DJ Luvva J” Gutierrez, Third Andresen, Cochise “Chief” Moore – MC, Rebel Warrior/Way Of Life Entertainment, Toyia Taylor

This workshop is designed to explore critical pedagogy through hip-hop as a tool for collective approach to education, community building, social change, and personal transformation.  We will discuss the background to this educational approach and its practical applications for urban contexts.  We will explore the questions that have emerged with the application of critical pedagogy in the educational discourse:

(1) what does critical pedagogy look like in work with urban youth?; And (2) how can a systematic investigation of critical work enacted in urban contexts simultaneously draw upon and push the core tenets of critical pedagogy to advance learning (critical thinking, literacy, and community engagement)?

Real Talk on the “N” Word: Cultural Evolution or Cultural Crisis


Dr. Daude Abe – Hip-Hop Professor, Seattle Central Community College; Curtis Calhoun –Brothaz Buildin; Preston Traxler – Founder, Black Intellectuals Group; Silver Shadow D – 206 Zulu; Maineak B – Stahi Bros; Fleeta Partee – Recording Artist; Fatal Lucciano – Recording Artist, Sport-N-Life Records; Trinide, The Label


This session looks at the history of the “N-word and  challenges participants to examine their personal and professional histories with the N-word, examine when and /or how they were first introduced to the word and to explore the pictures and different feelings associated with the word.  We will look at how current events, media, popular music and movies have used the word over the years and if the word has had any impact or influence on the millennial generation. Lastly, the session offers suggestions about the need and importance of understanding the various realities associated with the N-word and recommends how to challenge and encourage all people, but specifically young people, about the ramifications of casual or uninformed usage of this troublesome word.

Social Media & Hip-Hop


Jonathon Cunningham – Media Producer; Hugh L – Blogs Is Watching.com; Jerome Welch – Feedom Outreach; Sermons Domain; Casey Carter – MissCaseyCarter.com http://Misscaseycarter.com

This session will explore the use of social media by the hip hop community and why social media and hip-hop in the 21st go hand in hand. The session will look at which platforms are best for what type of promotion. Do’s and Dont’s on social media and things that are turnoffs to your audience.Utilizing social media to its full potential to grow your brand, business or product.


Eartopia: Gift of Sound: 



Toyia T. Taylor, MFA Arts Leadership/Founder, Sisterhood | Est. University of Washington 93′

One hour workshop focused on utilizing improvisation, rhythm, and ciphers to help people connect using sound and words.  Through a series of group exercises learn to let go of the “inner critic” by using your voice as a muscle designed to express sounds and communication that help participants release, balance, accept, and create individually and with others. Also engage in an interactive conversation about how rhythm and sound historically and presently help people heal and bond throughout the world.

Hip Hop Occupies


Julie C – Hip Hop Occupies/Alpha P/B-Girl Media; Greg Lewis – AllPowerToThePositive.info; Henry Luke; Maria Guillen; Cody Listell; Matt Erickson; Tabitha Milan; Anelise S.


Hip Hop Occupies to Decolonize is a Seattle-founded international network of individual artists, collectives, and organizations working at the frontlines of the Occupy Movement. This interactive panel will focus on the past, present, and future of the global movement, the importance of arts and youth culture in community building, and how various energies are converging in creative resistance. What Hip Hop has in common with the OWS movement? How the hip hop artists/community can be change agents? What’s next for Occupy Movement.


Surviving Police Profiling: Know Your Rights & Protect Yourself



Ernest Saadiq Morris, Esq. – Director, UrbanYouthJustice.org

Hip-Hop and police have been an ongoing problem, from racial profiling in inner cities to highly charged songs responding to it, the tension remains. This session will feature community update on Seattle police reform, and a know-your-rights workshop for youth-police interactions, particularly consent searches.

Hip-Hop 101 (w): New Word Order vs. New World Order


Kenyatto “Moorpheus Magnetic” Amen – Recording Artist/Seattle Hip-Hop Pioneer

This session will get beyond the hype of Hip Hop and the Illuminati into the “Code War” that is being waged.  World war III is not a war of guns, bullets and bombs….not of war being fought in the traditional sense. World War III is a code war. A war waged not by weapons of mass destruction, but weapons of mass distraction. A war of coded terms, a war where the bullets are false idea’s and concept’s.  People who control language, control thought, because words are thoughts. HIP HOP IS The New Word Order that has remixed the English Language.

Sista-Speak: Women in Hip-Hop (p)



KHMET – Spoken Word Artist; Katoya Palmer – ToyBox Consulting; LaWanda “Wan Wan” Horton – CEO, Hourglass Ent; KSneak – Recording Artists, Garfield HS; Lady Scribe – She ReAdY eVenTs

An interactive spoken word presentation followed by discussion focusing on images of women in hip-hop and media. The session will feature a brief presentation of contrasting images of African American women followed by discussion.  A testosterone driven culture, hip-hop has had a love hate relationship throughout its existence.  While many women are attracted and have found empowerment through hip-hop, or rather it’s offspring rap music is often called to task for its objectification and abuse of women particularly women of color.

Art vs. Commerce



Sam Chesnau; DJ Topspin – HeavyRotations; Suntonio Bandanas – 206Zulu/Alpha P/Fresh Chopped Beats; Vitamin D – Producer; The Goodsin – Recording Artist; James Supopo – CEO, Ain’t No Doe In Dreams; Steven “Dox” – No Filler Presents; David Pomeranz & Rob Milliron – Members Only Records Royce The Choice – Rap Artist, Skymen
What is the balance of art vs. commerce and what challenges do those making Hip Hop as art face? Rappers vs. Hustlers: Do you have to be a “starving artist” to keep it real? Is hip-hop devalued as art? How should artists think about packaging/presenting their art so that it is valued as such?

Closing Cipher: Where Do We Go From Here?


Tom Pepe – The Knowmads; Katoya Palmer – Owner, Toybox Consulting: Juga Hill – Recording Artist , Tha Doctors Office; Warsame DJ Same Warsame – LeFresh Perspective – David Pomeranz & Rob Milliron – Members Only Records – Kung Foo Grip; The Goodsin – Recording Artist

PEACE Week Seattle Talent Competition

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“More 4 Mann” Campaign #OccupyTheHood


Russell Simmons speaks on work of Seattle Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council

Russell Simmons, Hiphopreneur and co-founder of Hip Hop Summit Action Network speaks on work of Seattle Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council

J-Live to Perform in Seattle

Internationally respected and critically acclaimed veteran Hip-Hop Artist J Live returns to Seattle for the first time in years at HG Lodge Sunday July 17th.  Class is in session when the multi-talented MC-DJ-Producer is on the stage bringing that classic true school hip-hop sound to boom bap lovers of all ages.  Benefiting the UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center (www.umojafestpeacecenter.com) and Seattle Hip-Hop Youth Council (seattlehiphopsummit.org) .

Live From The UPC/New School Noise Tour Fundraiser & Friendraiser

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The Live From UPC/New School Noise Fundraiser was great.  We stopped the rain and had a lot of great performances and even special guest appearance from Mayor Mike McGinn as well as James Keblas, Director of Seattle Office of Film & Music and the man behind the Seattle City of Music Initiative.