2nd Annual Seattle/NW Hip-Hop Leadership Conference


Leila Steinberg will be in Seattle to give the keynote addressing the topic of “Hip-Hop, Tupac and the 21st Century” at the Seattle/NW Hip-Hop Leadership Conference. The annual conference is part of the Bush School Diversity Speaker Series in collaboration with the Seattle Hip-Hop Summit Action Network Youth Council and the United For Youth Coalition and Seattle Vocational Institute. For more info visit www.seattlehiphopsummit.org.  Please send questions/suggestions to eddie.moorejr@bush.edu or wyking@gmail.com.

The NW Hip-Hop Leadership Conference serves as a yearly opportunity to examine and explore issues related to hip-hop like money, power and respect, art and culture, technology  sustainability, accountability, global citizenship, leadership, ownership, privilege, diversity, social justice, race/racism, gender relations, and getting paid in a multicultural 21st century America.

Seattle/NW Hip-Hop Leadership Conference

Saturday, February 27, 2010, 9:30am – 4:30pm

Seattle Vocational Institute

2120 S. Jackson St.

Seattle, WA 98144

*Free and open to the public


About Leila Steinberg

Leila Steinberg is an artist and community organizer who began working with youth twenty years ago in the San Francisco Bay area. As the daughter of a criminal defense attorney, she grew up surrounded by the workings of the justice system and took a front row seat at the personal tragedies and socio-economic pressures that turn so many at-risk youths into hardened felons. Steinberg is committed to helping people who fall through the cracks of society. As hip-hop music became the expression of today’s youth, Steinberg began training artists to develop voices powerful enough to reach a generation. While conducting poetry workshops in Northern California, she met Tupac Shakur and he became a regular participant in her class. They shared a vision of developing a space where each artist in attendance is encouraged, inspired and motivated to address social change in their work. Tupac referred to Leila as the “bow” and himself as the “arrow.”Steinberg started the Microphone Sessions, a weekly workshop where young musicians and hip-hop artists write and perform new material, get feedback and launch discussions about pressing issues in their lives and in their communities. Steinberg’s collaboration with Tupac deeply influenced the way she developed her workshops. Tupac Shakur is now an icon. His legacy as the most beloved and influential rapper of all time lives on in the hearts and minds of millions of young people. The poems published posthumously in The Rose That Grew From Concrete, were written by Tupac while he attended Steinberg’s workshop. He entrusted her with original copies of his work to safe-keep. Along with Tupac’s mother, Afeni, Leila was instrumental in getting them published. Steinberg was Co-Executive Producer of the spoken-word album of the same name, released on Interscope Records, with performances by Quincy Jones, Run D.M.C. and Danny Glover. She also produced and appears in the Tupac documentary, “Thug Angel,” with Executive Producer Quincy Jones III.

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.   For more information about The Bush School’s Diversity Speaker Series, please visit www.bush.edu/diversity. For reservations or if you have any questions, please call Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., Director of Diversity, at 206-326-7731 or eddie.moorejr@bush.edu.

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 www.seattlehiphopsummit.org or call 206.941.2527.

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 www.umojafestpeacecenter.com or call 206.329.1591. 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.

Seattle/NW Hip-Hop Leadership Conference

Saturday, February 27, 2010, 9:30am – 4:30pm

Seattle Vocational Institute

2120 S. Jackson St.

Seattle, WA 98144

*Free and open to the public


8:30-9:30a                               Registration/Continental Breakfast Networking

9:30-9:50a                               Welcome

10 – 11:15a                              Panels/Workshop Sessions 1

11:30a – 12:45p Panels/Workshop Sessions 2

12:45p-1:45p                           Lunch on Your Own

1:45-3p                                    Panels/Workshop Sessions 3

3:15 – 4:30p                             Keynote Address: Leila Steinberg

Workshops/Panel Discussions

10a – 11:15a          Workshop Sessions 1

  • Hip-Hop 101
  • Seattle City of Music Initiative
  • Hip-Hop & Green: Creating Sustainable Economic Models
  • The “N” Word

11:30a – 12:45p   Workshop Sessions 2

  • Sista-Speak: Images of Women in Hip-Hop
  • Health, Wellness & Hip-Hop: What is Hip-Hop Doing to our Minds, Bodies and Spirits?
  • Asians and Hip-Hop
  • Get Your Grind Right
  • Using Hip-Hop Effectively in Academic & Youth Development

1:45p – 3:00p         Workshop Sessions 3

  • The “N” Word
  • Police & Youth/Community Relations
  • Producers & Technology Panel
  • Hip-Hop World Order: Immigrants & The International Diaspora
  • Women On The Grind: Journeys of A Hip-Hop Fempreneur


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