Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms hosts First Annual Mayor’s Brunch at A3C Conference

A3C is proud to announce theHonorable Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will participate in the firstMayor’s Brunch at the 2018 A3C Festival and Conference. This brunch, held on October 4th, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM in the Loudermilk Center Toyota Ballroom, will kick off the Women In Charge programming series presented by Toyota.

The brunch will feature an intimate one-on-one conversation between Mayor Bottoms and Atlanta native – Rembert Browne, one of America’s most respected culture writers. Their discussion will cover several topics including Mayor Bottoms’ journey from Frederick Douglass High School, the true culture of Atlanta and how to balance a growing city while making it open to all and retaining the essence of what it means to be “made in Atlanta.”

A3C’s Women In Charge event is intended to connect, inspire and educate women in the music industry through a series of events, panels, and sessions featuring some of hip-hop’s most influential and innovative women.

Women involved in this initiative include: Asya Shein (Fusicology, President), Dia Simms (Combs Enterprises, President), Dina Marto (Twelve Music & Studios, Owner & Founder), Ethiopia Habtemariam (Motown Records, President), Janee Bolden (BOSSIP, Managing Editor), Lola Plaku (Lola Media Group, CEO + Owner), Malita the Mogul (Mogul Mentality, Founder + CEO), Nicole Bilzerian (Interscope Geffen A&M, SVP Head of Urban Marketing), Nicole Wyskoarko (Interscope Geffen A&M, EVP Urban Operations), Phylicia Fant (Warner Bros Records, SVP Media + Special Projects), Uwonda Carter Scott (The Carter Law Firm, Attorney + Owner) and Whitney-Gayle Benta (Spotify, Head of Talent Relations).

“What an honor to host the first ever A3C Mayor’s Brunch with Mayor Bottoms. In just a short time in office Mayor Bottoms has been an extremely powerful voice for creatives and progressives. She is a product of Atlanta and now leads the city in a very pivotal time,” Mike Walbert (A3C Director/Partner) states. “Rembert Browne has been a champion for Atlanta and an important voice in black culture for many years. He is the perfect person to host an intimate conversation about the state and future of the city we love.”

This event is open to all A3C Festival & Conference wristband holders.

Perform A3C Weekend In ATL! [The Progress Report 2nd Annual Showcase] Sunday, October 7th

The Progress Report is back with their 2nd annual stage featuring the hottest artists on the come up! Last year’s performers included Snap Dogg, Yung Mal, Lil Quill, Street Money Boochie, Drugrixh Peso, Fasscoupe, BayBay FDW, and the legendary OJ Da Juiceman. The event also featured guest appearances from hit producers Dun Deal, 2-17, & Shawty Fresh. Come experience the energy with us in the music enriched city of Atlanta, Sunday, October 7th at 7 PM. 

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Wyclef Jean, Jermaine Dupri and Rodney Carmichael to be Honored at this Year’s ChooseATL “Welcome to ATL Reception” during A3C

A3C and ChooseATL will host the official Welcome to ATL Reception on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at theLoudermilk Center in Atlanta. The event will kick off the 14th year of A3C, the premier hip-hop music festival and conference.

The Welcome to ATL Reception is an annual event that invites executives, influencers and more to engage with the heart of hip-hop through food, music and cocktails while acknowledging some of hip-hop’s most influential personalities. The reception will honor three extraordinary individuals who have made significant social and cultural impact throughout the hip-hop community – Jermaine Dupri, Wyclef Jean and Rodney Carmichael.

So So Def founder and music icon Jermaine Dupri is celebrating the 25th year of the record label and will be receiving the Cultural Icon Award. This honor is awarded to a hip-hop figure who has made significant contributions to the zeitgeist of global culture. Dupri has transcended hip-hop to join the pantheon of icons that create the ideals and values that have shaped a generation.

Wyclef Jean is a legendary MC, producer and poet and will receive theSocial Impact Award. This honor is awarded to a person who has an undeniable connection to the hip-hop ecosystem and has demonstrated a tremendous social impact among the community through service, advocacy and economic contribution. With all of Jean’s efforts in Haiti and work in communities around the world, he is the definition of how to use one’s platform to impact the culture in a positive light.

Lastly, Atlanta native and NPR’s hip-hop staff writer Rodney Carmichaelwill receive the first annual Combat Jack Storyteller Award. This honor is awarded to a leading voice and champion for culture who is also a storyteller who has helped amplify important aspects of hip-hop. Reggie “Combat Jack” Osse was a pioneer in hip-hop podcasting. He was honest, genuine and cared deeply about the culture he represented. He was a fixture in the hip-hop community and beloved by everyone he met. He was also a staple at A3C Festival & Conference for nearly a decade and will be missed dearly by all those who had the pleasure of knowing him.

“The Welcome Reception with ChooseATL is one of our favorite events of the year. It’s a chance for us to recognize some of the people that inspire us to do what we do. It’s a wonderful night in Atlanta for hip-hop culture, and we’re proud to be a part of it,” states A3C Partner/Director Mike Walbert. This event is the first among a variety of panels, workshops, live shows and more that the A3C Festival will bring to Atlanta in October.

About A3C Festival & Conference
A3C educates and empowers the artists, entrepreneurs and creatives that shape hip-hop culture. Founded in 2005, the A3C Festival & Conference has grown from a local showcase to become one of the most important hip-hop events of the year, which is commonly referred to as “Hip-Hop’s Family Reunion.” The three-day A3C Conference hosts dozens of panels, workshops, mixers and mentor sessions with hundreds of thought leaders and industry experts. The two-day A3C Festival is the breeding ground for the next generation of stars while honoring the legends and trailblazers of hip-hop. The five days of shows and events highlight different aspects of hip-hop culture and showcase hundreds of artists, producers and DJs from around the world. All three coasts gather annually in Atlanta to connect, create and build together.

Learn more about A3C Festival at www.A3Chiphop.com.

About ChooseATL
ChooseATL is a public-facing initiative to attract emerging talent needed to maintain Atlanta’s position as a top-tier globally competitive metro. ChooseATL showcases Atlanta as a leading world destination and celebrates its unique community, inclusive culture, and expanding business opportunities across all industries.

Learn more about ChooseATL at www.ChooseATL.com.

Janet Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Michael B. Jordan, Karrueche Tran and Many More Celebrate the 13th Annual LudaDay Weekend in Atlanta

Rapper, actor and philanthropist – Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, celebrated another star-studded LudaDay Weekend in Atlanta this past holiday weekend. Guests from all over America came out to support this series of charitable events hosted by some of the top entertainers, actors, influencers and athletes in the industry.

Thursday was the official kick-off of the LudaDay Weekend festivities with the annual BMI Awards honoring mega-star– Janet Jackson. This award show presented Miss Jackson with the ‘Icon Award’ and featured a montage tribute to the superstar with performances by a youth dance group, Teyana Taylor, Jussie Smollet, Normani, H.E.R., Justine Skye along with opening remarks by Ciara and closing accolades from Missy Misdemeanor Elliot.

Friday morning the Ludacris Foundation hosted the Grass is Greener Golf Tournament in the prestigious Crystal Lake Golf and Country Club in Hampton, GA. Following the golfing event, VIP guests gathered at Atlanta’s premier private membership club, The Gathering Spot, for the first ever LudaDay Spades Tournament and Game Night hosted by Woody McClain of BET’s The Bobby Brown Story. Twenty-eight teams faced off for an intense spades tournament, playing for a cash prize of $1500.00 and bragging rights. In the end BJ & Rock’s team took home the victory and title as the first LudaDay Weekend Spades Champions.

Over 16,000 people assembled on Saturday to attend the Ludacris Foundation’s yearly LudaFam Day block party outside of the Mercedes Benz Stadium. Several artists hit the two stages including – Ludacris, Flaujae, Ar’mon and Trey, Bre-Z, Molly Brazy, Brie and many more, as well as a surprise appearance by the Democratic candidate in Georgia’s Governor election, Stacey Abrams. Tristan “Mack” Wilds and Power star, Michael Rainey Jr., also made guest appearances pumping up the crowd on stage and even doing the Shiggy Challenge dancing to Drake’s hit song, In My Feelings.

Closing out the weekend Ludacris hosted his highly acclaimed celebrity basketball game at Morehouse’s Forbes Arena. This year Team Hip-Hop coached by Ludacris and 21 Savage went head to head with Team Hollywood coached by Jamie Foxx and Rotimi. NBA stars such as John Wall, Lou Williams, Lance Stephenson, Jaylen Brown and more teamed up with entertainers such as Tank, Key Glock, Malaysia Pargo, Michael Rainey Jr. for an extreme battle on the court that led to a double overtime victory by Jamie Foxx’s Team Hollywood. Following the basketball game, Ludacris’ special invited VIP’s and sponsors wind down at the LudaDay TopGolf Takeover at Atlanta’s Midtown TopGolf location.

“Giving back is good for the soul. So thankful to all of my friends who supported our 13th LudaDay Weekend and giving back to the great city of Atlanta.”_

Special guests in attendance included: Jamie Foxx, Janet Jackson, Missy Elliott, Kofi Siriboe, Rotimi, Evander Holyfield, Woody McClain, Terrence J., Tristan Mack Wilds, John Wall, Lou Williams, Luke James, Ro James, Tyler Lepley, Donovan Carter, Fabolous, Teen Taylor, 50 Cent, Michael Rainey Jr., Lance Gross, Nisha Butler, Michael B Jordan, Karrueche Tran, 21 Savage, Nick Grant, Quinn Cook, Lorenzo Brown, Ar’mon and Trey, Kenny Burns, Malaysia Pargo, Lance Stephenson, Tank, Emmanuel Hudson, Ty Young, Big Tigger, Ciara, Al Harrington, Stephen Jackson, Josh Powell, Big K.R.I.T., Keri Hilson, Kosine, Reginae Carter, Zonnique, Mimi Faust, Yung Dolph, Key Glock, LeToya Luckett, Keith Powers, Ryan Destiney, Rocko, B. Simone, Lil Scrappy, Bambi, Sheree Whitfield, Emmanuel Hudson, Lisa Wu and many more.

Ludacris and the Ludacris Foundation would like to thank the sponsors: Mercedes Benz – Corporate, Mercedes Benz of Buckhead, Macy’s, Energy Fitness, Planet Fitness, Fulton County, Morehouse School of Medicine, The PGA Tour, The Atlanta Falcons, WellCare, Fox Rothschild, CAA, BMI, Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment, BET, Dutch Masters, Jordan Brand, ATLSkypointe, Zaxby’s (John Silvey, Franchisee), Defiance Fuel, CORE Hydration, The Gathering Spot, Bloomers Frose, Martell, Uncle Nearest, Macallan and Deep Eddy Vodka. Fresh Empire also poweredLudaFamDay and the Celebrity Basketball Game.

Photo Credit: Donna Permell/Prime Phocus, Briana Crudup/@ImThatPhotoChick/Hip-Hop Weekly/Freddy-O, DG Shooters, Kontrol Magazine and Urban Scope

Power 105 Announces 2018 POWERHOUSE Concert Lineup

New York’s Power 105 just announced their POWERHOUSE concert in October and the line up is massive!

Some of the artists that have been officially confirmed are the likes of Cardi B, Lil Uzi Vert, G-Eazy, Ella Mai, Juice WRLD and Lil Baby. There are still more artists that will be announced, as well as surprise guests, but for now, this is what it’s looking like. The show will go down at the Prudential Center in New Jersey on October 28 and tickets will go on sale at Ticketmaster Thursday, August 30 at 8:30am.

Hieroglyphics Announces Roster For The Seventh “Hiero Day” Music Festival Featuring Black Thought, Freddie Gibbs, Talib Kweli & More

2018 (Till infinity) promises to be a very special year for the legendary and influential Hieroglyphics imprint.  Not only does 2018 mark the 25th anniversaries for Souls Of Mischief’s debut 93 Till Infinity and Del’s No Need For Alarm, but also the collective’s collaborative efforts, 1998’s 3rd Eye Vision and 2003’ Full Circle. To celebrate these landmark anniversaries, Hiero will be releasing some very exciting companion pieces (which will be announced soon) and never before heard material from the vaults.

Before those announcements are made, Hiero is proud to announce their 7th Annual Hiero Day Festival & Black Party which will take place on Labor Day, Monday 9-3-2018 in Oakland, CA.  Hiero Day is an all-day, all-age music festival, showcasing over 40 live performances on 3 different stages by both local and renowned artists in genres such as hip-hop, rap, R&B, and more with the legendary hip-hop collective Hieroglyphics headlining the festival; and additional performances from Black Thought, Freddie Gibbs, Talib Kweli, Mannie Fresh, Elzhi, The Pharcyde, Charli 2NA, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Richie Rich, People Under The Stairs among many.  The event will be hosted by Mistah FAB, Chuy Gomez, Dnas & Chinaka Hodge & Chris Riggins.

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Each year over 100 local vendors and exhibitors participate in Hiero Day. Our exhibitors help make the festival fun and exciting, while showcasing the diversity of our community. This year’s activities and entertainment include an expanded selection and variety of food (food trucks), dancing, shopping from local vendors, merch, and even a kid-friendly area complete with bounce houses, face painting and more. Public transportation is highly encouraged, as parking is extremely limited. The festival is conveniently located 3rd and Chestnut in West Oakland) a short walk from the West Oakland BART station!

After the success of the Hiero Day’s first festival in 2012, former Oakland Mayor Jean Quan declared September 3rd as “Hiero Day” in the City of Oakland. With Hiero Day in its 7thyear in production, 2018 marks the biggest and best Hiero Day yet! $19.93 per ticket for an all-day (with Fast Pass & VIP Tickets also available), three stage event with hundreds of vendors and over 40 musical acts is the greatest festival bargain for any summer festival.

Visit www.hieroday.com for ticketing information, as well as updates on performances, vendor information, festival activities and sponsorship and volunteer opportunities. Location, ticket and vendor info for the 7th Annual Hiero Day Festival is available here.

If you are interested in attending and or covering the 7th annual Hiero Day Festival and want press/photo passes, or would like to speak with Hiero about the festival please let me know and I will gladly facilitate.

ABOUT HIEROGLYPHICS IMPERIUM

Hieroglyphics, the legendary Oakland-based underground hip-hop collective founded in the early 1990’s, is composed of rappers Del the Funky Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, Domino, DJ Touré, and Souls of Mischief members A-Plus, Phesto, Opio, and Tajai. After releasing several albums on major labels, in 1997 they created their own indie empire, Hieroglyphics Imperium, and have been an influential force in the independent music scene ever since. Since its inception, the Hiero Crew has thrived, releasing several albums and collaborating with a laundry list of popular and independent artists, including The Gorillaz, Q-Tip, Georgia Clinton, Jurassic 5, Bill Ortiz, Dilated Peoples, Dan The Automator, Prince Paul, Xzibit, and more.

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https://www.facebook.com/HieroDay/

https://www.hieroday.com/

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YFN Lucci & Reginae Carter Host Back to School Field Day in Atlanta {Photos}

One of the hottest young celebrity couples, rapper YFN Lucci and TV personality Reginae Carter, hosted their first annual Back 2 School Field Day for the Atlanta youth. Held at the Grant Park Recreation Center, over 300 families gathered for an evening of fun to kick off the new school year. Guests danced to music by DJ Lavish Lee while enjoying complimentary face painting, caricaturists, bracelet making, coloring, food and an ice cream truck. Next, Reginae and Lucci rounded up some of the participating youth for a series of relay races including a potato sack race, 3-legged race and egg-spoon race. Following the field day activities, the families lined up to receive a free backpack stuffed with school supplies on behalf of T.I.G. (Think It’s a Game Records) and YFNBC.

Notables in Attendance:YFN Lucci, Reginae Carter, Toya Wright, Zonnique, Ming Lee and Damar Jackson

This event was brought to you by: Think It’s a Game Records, YFNBC, YFN Lucci and Reginae Carter

Photo Credit: Freddy-O, Briana Crudup (I’m That Photo Chick, Paras Griffin (Getty Images), Brandon Motion Pictures and Miracle Studios.

Ella Mai, H.E.R., Tobi Lou, Snoh Allegra & More To Perform At ‘Best Life’ Festival In MIA

Looking to provide R&B lovers a one of kind music oasis, in addition to creating a unique platform for creatives to showcase their talents in a live performance setting, some of the Sunshine State’s most respected entertainment entities have joined forces to deliver a brand new live series – appropriately tilted ‘Best Life.

The inaugural lineup is set to include H.E.R., Ella MaiOmar XavierSnoh Allegra, and Tobi Lou. Other notable acts scheduled to perform include R.LUM.RArin RaySummer WalkerSavannah CristinaAri ChiSaintlee, and Nohemy.

Blockparty, the leader in blockchain-based live event ticketing, will be used as the sole ticket provider

for the anticipated 8,000 attendee event. Blockparty’s use of blockchain technology works to eliminate common frustrations with the current live event experience such as fake tickets, lengthy event check-in, lack of festival security and predatory secondary market resellers.

Festivities will be held at RC Cola Plant in Miami and officially kick off 3PM sharp (1PM for Meet & Greet ticket holders) on Saturday – September 15th and conclude at midnight.

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LocationRC Cola Plant (M.W. District)

Websitewww.bestlifefest.com

Social: @bestlifefest

Lil Pump Announces “Harverd Dropout Tour”

After a colossal show-stopping performance at Lollapalooza, which Rolling Stone listed as one of “the 13 best things (they) saw,” multiplatinum-selling hip-hop superstar, modern icon, and 21st century force of nature Lil Pump has announced plans for a North American headline tour. TheHARVERD DROPOUT TOUR gets underway September 28th at The Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO and travels through the top of November (tour itinerary below). A number of dates will see Lil Pump joined by a slate of supporting acts, which will be unveiled soon. CITI pre-sales begin Tuesday, August 14 at 12 PM EST, to Thursday, August 16 at 10 PM local. Spotify pre-sales begin Wednesday, August 15 at 10 AM local to Thursday, August 16 at 10 PM local. Public on-sale begins on Lil Pump’s 18th birthday, August 17, at 10 AM local. For complete details, and ticket information, please visit www.unhappy.com

The HARVERD DROPOUT TOUR readies Lil Pump fans for his forthcoming LP,Harverd Dropout via Tha Lights Global/Warner Bros. Records- coming soon. The long awaited follow-up to the chart-topping stars 2017 breakout self-titled debut is one of the most anticipated releases this year. The self-titled RIAA Gold certified album entered the Billboard chart at #3, emerging as the #1 streaming album first week. Lil Pump has accumulated over 1 million equivalent album sales to date.

On an unending hot streak, Lil Pump’s new singles “Drug Addicts” and “Esskeetit” clocked over 350 million combined views and 529 million streams. The event-level music video for “Drug Addicts” immediately went viral with “Dr. Pump” enlisting another “medical professional,” “Dr. Sheen”- aka Charlie Sheen. If that weren’t enough, the multi-talented teen delivered a high energy, confetti-covered performance of “Esskeetit” for his television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, joined by two giant dancing “Esskeetit” mascots; the unforgettable performance would be touted by Complex, Billboard, XXL and more.

The impact of the Lil Pump album skyrocketed 17-year-old Pump straight to #1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists Chart. He wrapped up 2017 with a sold-out 27-city U.S. tour, and was tapped as one of Forbes Hip-Hop Future Moguls Class of 2018. Over the summer Lil Pump embarked on his first major European tour that included stops at Tomorrowland, Wireless and Lollapalooza in Paris. Night after night Lil Pump puts on an incredible show, igniting massive mosh pits and rave reviews, watch a recent tour clip here.

An avalanche of press coverage ranges from Noisey, Complex, Rolling Stone, Billboard, and more, to an extensive profile in The New York Times that positioned him as the voice of the “SoundCloud rap” genre. What’s more, this summer Lil Pump graced the cover of XXL’s coveted 2018 Freshman Class issue.

Recently, Lil Pump received an MTV Video Music Award nomination for “Best New Artist” and encouraged fans to vote for a chance to attend the show with him on August 20, 2018 in New York City. To submit votes visit vma.mtv.com

TOUR DATES

9/28 The Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO

9/30 Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland Kansas City, MO

10/1 Ralston Arena Ralston, NE

10/2 The Armory Minneapolis, MN

10/3 Seven Flags Event Center Clive, IA

10/5-10/6 Breakaway Nashville Music Festival

10/6 The Eagles Ballroom Milwaukee, WI

10/8 The Fillmore Detroit Detroit, MI

10/9 Rebel Toronto, ONT

10/10 Terminal 5 New York, NY

10/11 The Fillmore Philly Philadelphia, PA

10/12 The Anthem Washington, DC

10/12-10/13 Breakaway Charlotte Music Festival Charlotte, NC

10/14 House of Blues Boston Boston, MA

10/17 Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ

10/18 Agora Theatre Cleaveland, OH

10/19 Express Live! Pavillion Columbus, OH

10/20 The Ritz Raleigh, NC

10/22 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA

10/25 Revention Music Center Houston, TX

10/27 South Side Music Hall Dallas, TX

10/27-10/28 Mala Luna Music Festival San Antonio, TX

10/30 Marquee Theatre Pheonix, AZ

10/31 The Observatory Santa Ana, CA

11/1 The Observatory, Santa Ana, CA

11/2 SOMA San Diego, CA

11/4 The Warfield Theater San Francisco, CA

11/6 The Hollywood Palladium Los Angeles, CA