7:30pm — 10pm
2700 F Street, NW
(Hall of States Entrance)
Lyricist, inspirational speaker, dj, pioneer, icon, veteran and entrepreneur describe one of the most prolific and well-respected female Hip Hop artists of all time: MC Lyte. Reared in Brooklyn, New York, MC Lyte always has her finger on Hip Hop’s pulse. Author of “UNSTOPPABLE: Igniting the Power Within to Achieve Your Greatest Potential,” MC Lyte resides in Los Angeles, California, and reigns as the CEO of Sunni Gyrl, Inc. and Hip Hop Sisters Foundation.
For an artist, the hardest skill to master is the ability to transcend, be it the era that created them, the work that defined them, or even the fame that elevated them, but those who are successful are rewarded with a title that can only be earned: legend. Derrick “D-Nice” Jones, with a multi-decade music career that has taken him from the Apollo to Singapore, can proudly say he’s earned it. D-Nice discovered he not only possessed an ear for a mix, but an eye for capturing images as well. Music and photography became two expressions of the ever-expanding BrandNice.
Signed to Jay-Z’s entertainment brand, ROC NATION, Young Paris was born to Congolese parents in France and raised in New York. YP totes an origin story that blends cultures from 3 corners of the world, fusing traditional Afro-culture with high fashion creative style in his visionary approach to music and fashion. Through his work as an artistic director, music producer, and song writer, Young Paris has taken the media world by storm, with features in Billboard, Complex, The Fader, REVOLT, BET, Vice, and XXL Mag, while his impact on the fashion world has captured the attention of VOGUE, WWD, NY Mag, Harpers Bazaar, Coveteur, Essence & VMAN.
Doug E Fresh is dubbed the “World’s Greatest Entertainer,” but over the course of his 30 year career he has established himself as much more including: an artistic icon, a trailblazer, a businessperson and an activist. Fresh forever became part of music history as hip-hop’s originator of the human beatbox (vocally simulating the sound of drums and other musical instruments). Today his skill and talent has resulted in an enduring international hip-hop legacy that continues to break new ground. As a pioneering entertainer, Fresh possess the rare and gifted ability to captivate an audience. As an activist he has set an example of the power of hip-hop and celebrity to address social ills.
Known as the legendary radio co-host of “The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show,” Stretch’s show has given a stamp of approval to some of the biggest names in Hip Hop, helping to break industry legends Nas, Jay Z, Eminem, and Notorius B.I.G. DJ Stretch Armstrong continues to move the crowd in clubs around the world, has recently co-authored NO SLEEP: NYC nightlife Flyers 1988-1999, and is currently co-host of the podcast ‘What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito” on NPR.
Melissa L. Bradley is a tri-sector leader with more than 20 years of entrepreneurship, investment and leadership experience. Currently, she is a Professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University where she teaches impact investing, social entrepreneurship, P2P economies and innovation. She is also Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sidecar Social Finance, a social impact agency that provides impact investing advisory and capital services to individuals, institutions, and social enterprises.
Eight independent emcees will be paired with founders of social ventures to tell a compelling story of the social enterprise that is tackling the United Nations’ Global Goals.