Hip Hop Harry
Bio: Hip Hop Harry is an American children's television series that aired on Discovery Kids and TLC as part of the Ready Set Learn block from 2006 to 2008. Hip Hop Harry is a live-action program aimed at younger children ranging from about 2–7 years old. The program uses age-appropriate hip hop music and dance to teach social, educational, physical and creative skills.
Bio: Est. 2019 Minneapolis, Known, MPLS is an audition-based, Twin Cities community youth choir under the direction of Courtland Pickens. The choral ensemble was established, in the later part of 2019, as an extension of Voicez, Inc., a 501C, non-profit music organization striving to train and develop the next generation of singers and composers throughout the Twin Cities Area. We utilize performance-based music education to galvanize youth between the ages of 12-25 as agents of change by promoting self-esteem, leadership skills, cultural awareness, discipline and a commitment to excellence
DJ ACE STAR
Bio: DJ ACE STAR is a world-traveled DJ whose professional experience range from cultivating playlists for Slutty Vegan as their resident DJ to touring the globe with Dej Loaf, Vistoso Bosses & Usher. ACE STAR impressively burst onto ATL’s DJ scene in the 2000s and since then, she's become world-renowned for her creative ingenuity, original grooves & a slew of hot mixes.
In between balancing her passion & purpose, ACE STAR continues her philanthropic efforts by training rising DJs, as well as giving back to inner city communities through her work with the following notable organizations: ACE Youth Soccer, Pinky Cole Foundation, Home Depot Foundation, Usher’s New Look Foundation, and various outreach programs that target youth & young adults.
Poet, Panel Discussion
Bio: Miss Mari is a Minneapolis poet and multidisciplinary artist whose work spans a diverse array of topics such as womanhood, Blackness, heartbreak, and hope. Informed by her own triumphs and tragedies, her work is both empathetic and imaginative as it establishes a mindful intimacy with her audience. Reminding others to be Romantic about their lives and tender with their own hearts. Most recently, she was named one of Ten Twin Cities Female Artists To Look For in 2023 (Twin Cities Hip-Hop Corner) and selected as an Honorable Mention for the prestigious McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowship Award. Through these opportunities, Miss Mari displays a whimsical, emotional, and imaginative spirit that brings audiences across communities a space to be heard and loved. You can find her work in all its artistic mediums on her social networks (Instagram and TikTok) @howshewrites. To reach out for collaboration and/or commissioned work: howshewrites.com. An excerpt of her poem "Survivor's Rage" can also be found at George Floyd Square, as part of the George Floyd Memorial Archives.
Bio: J is a Minneapolis based R&B/pop singer/songwriter/producer. Drawing from a wide range of musical influence such as Micheal Jackson, Mint Condition, Usher, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Prince to name a few. J is focused on crafting songs with strong hooks and catchy melodies. Follow J on Spotify as he releases a new single every month! He has assembled a live band and is now performing his original material throughout the Twin Cities. You can also follow J on Instagram to stay up to date @j_mxusic
Social Media Influencer
Bio: Antonio is Baltimore, Maryland native, currently attending Clark Atlanta in Atlanta, GA. He is a Tik Tok Influencer, that goes by the name @aldavincii
Alfred “Shivy” Brooks
Speaker/ TDTB moderator
Bio: A son of a Morehouse man and Guyanese immigrant mother, Alfred “Shivy” Brooks was born in New Jersey and raised in Atlanta. Brooks was a member of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College and became a social justice advocate at a young age.After graduating Cum Laude from Georgia State University's Andrew Young School of Public Policy, Brooks began his political career lobbying within the Georgia General Assembly as a legislative aide for the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and the Working Families Caucus.