In the spirit of the legendary Roots Jam Sessions, the band is opening up its platform to feature one song performances from music artists that are handpicked and curated by the band, artists that The Roots feel you should know. The foundation for the Roots Jam sessions are creativity and discovery and it is these same tenants that fueled the creation of Solo Sessions. In this premiere episode hosted by Black Thought we feature Madison McFerrin and MuMu Fresh. Produced by Ginny Suss
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THE KENNEDY CENTER AND BEVERLY BOND ANNOUNCE ANNOUNCE A COLLABORATION TO CO-PRODUCE BLACK GIRLS ROCK! FESTIVAL™ IN WASHINGTON, DC
Jazmine Sullivan, Maimouna Youssef (a.k.a. Mumu Fresh), MC Lyte, and more join BLACK GIRLS ROCK! founder Beverly Bond for the inaugural three-day music and empowerment festival launching on International Women’s Day on March 8
Jazmine Sullivan, Maimouna Youssef (a.k.a. Mumu Fresh), MC Lyte, and more join BLACK GIRLS ROCK! founder Beverly Bond for the inaugural three-day music and empowerment festival launching on International Women’s Day
(WASHINGTON)— The Kennedy Center, BONDVISON Media, and BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ collaborate to co-produce the BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Festival™ (BGR!FEST™), an immersive live experience designed to celebrate the music and culture of Black women artists, thought leaders, and creatives. The three-day event will take place on International Women’s Day weekend, March 8–10.
“It’s a tremendous honor for us to collaborate with BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™—it serves as such an important platform for centering and elevating the stories of Black women and we are thrilled to launch this transformative project and future endeavors with BGR founder and visionary Beverly Bond. This particular program deepens our commitment to celebrating Black women and their contributions and role in shaping American culture.”– Simone Eccleston, Director of Hip Hop Culture and Contemporary Music at the Kennedy Center.
Celebrity DJ, CEO, and founder of BLACK GIRLS ROCK!, Beverly Bond, established BGR! FEST™ as a complementary platform to the BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ brand to further its mission to create spaces for black women-centered content. The inaugural BGR!FEST™ will feature a variety of events and performances by groundbreaking women. Highlights include: BGR!FEST™ Welcome Party (free to the public) featuring DJ’s MC Lyte and Beverly Bond; panel discussions and book talk with Beverly Bond and featured guests from her book BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™: Owning Our Magic. Rocking Our Truth; and a culminating ROCK! LIKE A GIRL concert showcasing groundbreaking women who stretch the boundaries of musicianship, lyricism, and artistic expression. Grammy®–nominated singer Jazmine Sullivan will be joined by D.C.’s own emcee, vocalist, and rising star, Maimouna Youssef a.k.a Mumu Fresh, as well as other surprise guests.
“I am thrilled to be launching the BGR!FEST™ with the prestigious Kennedy Center, a true pillar of artistic excellence, and to expand the BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ brand to the nation’s capital, home to one of the most vibrant communities of color in the country. This relationship furthers our mission to build platforms that advance black women’s contributions to the world, and highlight how women of color use art as a tool to drive feminist thought, personal empowerment, and civic engagement.”-Beverly Bond
In the Spring of 1970, armed National Guard fired on protesters at Kent State in Ohio, killing four students. The event sent shockwaves across the country, spurring Neil Young to pen “Ohio,” the “greatest protest record” in American history.
Days later, forgotten in the shadow of Kent State, police killed two black students at Jackson State in Mississippi. The incident spurred The Isley Brothers to record “Ohio/Machine Gun.” Fusing Neil Young with Jimi Hendrix, The Isleys re-framed the narrative of the song around rising racial tensions, bridging the cultural gap between the two songs as a deliberate statement: music was one of the few forces that could bridge the racial divide and bring people together – cultural connective tissue for a divided world.
J.PERIOD is proud to present the next chapter in this historic saga: “SOLDIERS” featuring Dead Prez, Sa-Roc & Maimouna Youssef. Sampling elements of The Isley Brothers’ “Ohio/Machine Gun” over a hard-hitting track featuring Daniel Crawford on drums, “SOLDIERS” re-frames the narrative again for the generation of Ferguson, Flint, Oakland, New Orleans, Sanford, and Charlottesville.
Cover art by Ernesto Yerena.