SACRAMENTO – The Art of Hip Hop: Celebrating the 5 Elements, an art exhibition and hip hop festival that seeks to empower and educate the community is set to run June 5-29. Organizers desire for it it to become a cultural resource to promote the development, rich history and legacy of hip-hop culture.
The Art of Hip Hop (TAOHH) kicks off on Thursday, June 5 as Nickel n’a Nail, Brickhouse Gallery and Art Complex and Low End Theory Collaborative unite to present the Bridging the Literary Gap: Rap/Write Now! Lecture with Dr. Eugene B. Redmond at the Brickhouse Art Gallery. The opening reception is set to begin 6:00 p.m. with Dr. Redmond sharing and discussing his views on the importance and correlation between rap lyrics and poetry.
Dr. Eugene B. Redmond is the Poet Laureate of East Saint Louis, Illinois, Emeritus Professor of English, Founding Editor of Drumvoices Revue and former Chairman of the Creative Writing Committee at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He taught at California State University, Sacramento, as a professor of English for 16 years. Redmond has authored or edited more than 25 volumes of poetry, collections of diverse writings, and plays for stage and TV.
Redmond is the recipient of many awards including the National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Pan-African Movement USA, a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, a Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, an American Book Award for The Eye in the Ceiling: Selected Poems (1993) and most recently a second American Book Award for Lifetime Achievement (2012). Redmond read a poem at Dr. Maya Angelou’s 70th birthday gala (1998) hosted by Oprah Winfrey. In April of 2008, his photo exhibit, “Eighty Moods of Maya,” was featured at Angelou’s 80th birthday party, which was another Oprah-sponsored gala. Following Dr. Angelou’s passing last week, Dr. Redmond will add a special tribute to his discussion.
TAOHH Bridging the Literary Gap: Rap/Write Now! will begin at 7:00 p.m.. Guest performers include poet, rapper, actor and musician Noah ‘Supernova’ Hayes, poet and writer Dante’ Pelayo and poet and emcee Paul Willis. The event will be facilitated by Michael Benjamin, Jr., followed by a Q&A, session and performance and book signing with Dr. Eugene B. Redmond.
TAOHH festivities continue on Saturday, June 14 with the A Hip Hop State of Emergency – Panel Discussion / Graffiti and DJ Showcase. Set to start at 12 noon the event will feature journalist and hip-hop historian Davey D, artist/activist ‘Refa One’ Senay, musician and composer Harley White, Jr., DJ Rock Bottom, and DJ Emmanuel ‘E-Moe’ Avery. Session will be facilitated by Michael Brim.
On Monday, June 16, it’s #TheMostOpenMicInTheCity, an experimental guerrilla arts presentation that showcases the best performance artist that Sacramento has to offer. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. On Saturday, June 21, Karega Bailey, an award winning educator and a nationally recognized award winning poet/MC, will be featured. His Brand SOL (Source of Light) Spoken is a combination of poetry, song, hip-hop, sociology, psychology, education, and faith. There will be a special guest performance by 17 year old emcee, ISSA. Show starts at 8:00 p.m. On Saturday, June 28, there will be special guest performances by Chad Adams, Century Got Bars and more. The closing reception for TAOHH is set for 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 29 and will be highlighted by an Art Talk by Bamr.