Seattle/NW Hip-Hop Leadership Conference:

Seattle/NW Hip-Hop Leadership Conference:

February 28, 2009 at Seattle Central Community College

The keynote speaker is Dr. Sujan “Supreme Understanding” Dass ( ). His topic (book title) is How To Hustle And Win: A Survival Guide for the Ghetto. The NWHLC is part of the Bush School’s Diversity Speaker Series (DSS) in collaboration with the Seattle Hip-Hop Summit Action Network Youth Council and the United For Youth Coalition.
The NWHLC serves as a yearly opportunity to examine and explore issues related to hip-hop like sustainability, accountability, global citizenship, leadership, ownership, privilege, diversity, social justice, race/racism, sexual orientation, gender, and getting paid in a multicultural 21st century America. This conference fits in perfectly with many of the issues that you fight for every day. The workshop/panel themes/titles include, but are not limited to:
Hip-Hop 101: An Intro To Hip-Hop (w)
Hip Hop and the New Face of Racism, (w)
Civic Engagement and Youth Activism (w)
Women in Hip-Hop (p)
Getting Your Business Tight (p)
Careers In Hip-Hop (w)
Hip-Hop, Politics & The Community (w)
Producers (p)
Violence In Hip-Hop (p)
Technology & Hip-Hop (w)
Hip-Hop In The Classroom (w)
Health & Wellness for the Hip-Hop Generation (w)
The “N” Word and Hip-Hop (w)
Radio and DJ (p)
Who Owns Hip-Hop (p)
Do you  have workshop ideas? Are you willing/able to be a sponsor? Please send any questions or suggestions to or wyking@gmail.vom. Please spread the word and remember, we have limited space available so RSVP ASAP!!
About the Bush School
The Bush School, in the Madison Valley neighborhood of Seattle, enrolls about 580 boys and girls in Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade. We balance a challenging academic program with experiential learning, service opportunities, and a wide variety of arts and athletics. The Bush School gives students the skills, knowledge, and experiences needed to succeed in school and in life, while making a positive impact on the world. Over the past four years, The DSS has welcomed many nationally/internationally recognized speakers to engage the Bush community, and the greater Seattle area in conversations about diversity, privilege, leadership and oppression.
For more information about The Bush School’s Diversity Speaker Series, please visit For reservations or if you have any questions, please call Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., Director of Diversity, at 206-326-7731 or
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 or call 206.941.2527.
About United For Youth Coalition & UmojaFest Peace Center
The 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. Currently the coalition members are focused on developing the UmojaFest PEACE Center at 24th & E. Spring in Central Seattle. The center will feature audio recording and video production studios, a Youth Violence Memorial & Organic Garden, office space for community organizations and an outdoor stage. For more information visit or call 206.329.1591.
Schedule at a Glance
9-10a                           Registration/Continental Breakfast Networking
10-11a                         Panels/Workshop Sessions 1
11:15a-12:15p             Panels/Workshop Sessions 2
12:30-2:00p                 Lunch & Keynote (Cap. 300)
2-3p                             Panels/Workshop Sessions 3
3:15-4:15p                   Panels/Workshop Sessions 4
4:30-5:00p                   Closing Plenary Speaker (Cap. 300)
5-6:00p                        Networking Reception (Cap. 300)
Keynote Bio
 Dr. Sujan “Supreme Understanding” Dass is a community activist and expert on what we call “the struggle.” A lifelong resident of America’s ghettoes, the author has been involved in the rap game, the drug game, the street hustle game, the pimping game, before advancing the many “legit” games most hustlers never learn. The author has amassed a number of academic degrees to supplement the “hands-on” learning mentioned above, ranging from a Bachelor’s degree in History to a Doctorate in Education with at-risk youth. He has also traveled the globe, researching, organizing, and conducting lectures, workshops, and motivational speeches. His travels have brought him to hundreds of cities across the U.S., as well as international locations in Ghana, India, Mexico, Eastern and Western Europe, the Caribbean, Thailand, and Japan. Supreme Understanding’s ability to combine intellectual awareness, with insight from the “real world” of America’s ghettoes, has made him a staunch critic of the many failed measures to reach our urban youth. After studying the weaknesses of dozens of programs, policies, and philosophies, the author realized something else was needed.
Through a combination of book knowledge and street wisdom, the author arrived at a set of guidelines any man could use to survive and achieve true success in an environment that normally rewards no one. By infusing these lessons into commentaries and tales that would appeal to the mind of the urban reader (and non-reader), How to Hustle and Win represents the guide to these principles.


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