After over a decade of success, Brooklyn Bodega and their partners are gearing up for the 14th Annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. Despite the attention that’s on the mainstage every year, the good people at BHF want Hip-Hop fans and aficionados to acknowledge the week-long schedule that is generated by Brooklyn Bodega.
Now, there’s no secret that Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli will be headlining Saturday’s “Homecoming Concert”, but with the “BHF After Dark” activities every night after 6pm for the 9 to 5 crowd, the Hip-Hop Institute, panels, and workshops at Medgar Evers College during the week and a live gaming lounge near the Main Stage all weekend, the 20th Anniversary of Black Star is not the only event on BHF weekend worth celebrating.
For those seeking to become educated on certain aspects of the Hip-Hop industry, the Hip-Hop Institute’s three-day conference will feature curated panels, workshops and keynote addresses from notable Hip-Hop personalities such as April Walker of Walker Wear, manager of the legendary group Public Enemy Lorrie Boula, Shabazz, the founder/curator of Electric Circus, Vibe Magazine Editor William Ketchum, media correspondent Jameer Pond and BHF co-founder Ebonie Jackson.
All three evenings during the week(10th -12th) after 6pm will introduce “BHF After Dark”, at NYC’s premiere vinyl record craft beer bar, Bier Wax, with DJs Large Professor on Monday, Grand Wizard Theodore on Tuesday, Easy Mo Bee on Wednesday and DJ Rob Swift Thursday on the 1s and 2s. For those who can’t make it to HHI, check out the “For The Culture” convos, which will feature the founder of Sweet Chick on Thursday and radio host Angela Yee for the “Told It First Hand” panel on Wednesday.
The weekend is reserved for the music with the “Juice Hip-Hop Exhibition” series kicking off at Littlefield on Friday and the closing concert at Brooklyn Bridge Plaza featuring the headliners Black Star, who will be commemorating 20 years making music as a duo. Also, as a part of the family day concert, there will be a kids vs. parents DJ battle, a graffiti workshop for the children, as well as a Hip-Hop karaoke set. For the hardcore gamers of all ages, there will be a gaming lounge set up inside of St. Ann’s Warehouse.
If you’re looking for a fun-filled week of Hip Hop, come to Brooklyn July 9-14th for the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival! For tickets or admission to any of the above events, please visit the Brooklyn Bodega website at www.bkhiphopfestival.com.