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CONFERENCE SPEAKERS AND PERFORMERS

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Raina Simone

A graduate of the 2020 Class of Howard University, Raina Simone is an artist, instrumentalist, and producer from Harlem, NY and Englewood, NJ. Raina Simone won the “Howard’s Hottest” Producer title...MORE

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Anthony "Buckwild" Best

Anthony “Buckwild” Best. Buck is one of the great hip-hop producers, creating countless hit records including Notorious B.I.G. record, “I Got A Story To Tell” (which Buck is interviewed about here). He produced “Whoa!”  for Black Rob which is in Chris Robinson's-directed film Shooting Stars which premieres on Peacock later this week (the new remake of White Men Can’t Jump also features this song).

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Kirk Taylor

From the DMV this 20+ year marketing veteran has contributed to the marketing of some of the world’s most well known consumer goods brands from Heineken, to Grey Goose and Timberland....MORE

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Bill Stephney

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, Bill Stephney, originally a multi-instrumental musician, is the man who brought Public Enemy and Def Jam to the radio and worked with Spike Lee and Chris Rock to put music in their movies....MORE

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Hajj Flemmings

Hajj Flemings is a mechanical engineer, a Detroit-based serial entrepreneur, a brand technologist, and the CEO of Rebrand Cities/Prompt Camp.  As a brand technologist, he architects digital transformations for the brands of the future. Hajj uses technology to reimagine luxury, fashion, culture, cities, and small businesses with new modes of creativity and thinking, making them more human in the digital economy.

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Astor Chambers

Astor Chambers is a cultural architect who is looking to unlock the greatness that lies within all of us. Astor is internationally recognized as an accomplished marketer, public speaker, and brand consultant....MORE

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Q Martin

DNA America/Carter Magazine

Conference Panel Speaker:

Rap, Hip Hop, & Film/Documentary”

session with

“Rap vs AI”

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Tia Tyree

Howard University

Women & Representation in Hip Hop Panelist and Moderator

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Cynthia Respert

Cynthia Respert is an Operations professional, COO of Rebrand Cities and CEO of her own consulting practice.  With three decades of experience across corporate, non-profit, and small business sectors, Cynthia leverages systems and process innovation through a strategic lens to improve operational efficiency and support business growth....MORE

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Jacob Garibay

Jacob Garibay is a Washington, DC native, sportswear industry professional, and moonlighting documentarian. His storytelling centers the capital city that once was; capturing the people, places, traditions, and legacies threatened to be lost to rapid redevelopment and big-box concepts. 

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