The Source magazine and the North Star Group hosts SOURCE360, taking place throughout the Brooklyn Cultural District, from Sept. 17 to Sept. 20. This year’s event includes concerts, leadership panels, youth education and training sessions and entertainment.
The SOURCE360 Festival Block Party will take place Saturday, Sept. 19 on Rockwell Place and will feature street art, fashion, break dancing, poetry slams, a Kids360 talent show, DJ spinning and music performances.
Throughout the week, several artists are taking the stage as part of the Source360 concert series. Performers include Waka Flocka Flame, Scarface, Faith Evans, Chase N. Cashe, Smoke Dza, Brand Nubian, Doug E. Fresh, Dead Prez, Casey Veggies, OG Maco and other special guests.
SOURCE360 will also feature a special tribute party to the Notorious B.I.G. in his hometown and neighborhood.
“Our goal is to network, spread the good word about the influential and positive role hip-hop can play and has played in society, as well as to educate and inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to make positive contributions to the culture,” said L. Londell McMillan.
One of the event’s goals is to increase awareness and interest in higher learning among middle school and high school students through the filters of music, film, fashion, sports, technology and the performing arts. The SOURCE360 Educate & Elevate program and Youth Training Day aims to provide information and opportunities relating to colleges, universities, career paths, corporations and community-service organizations.
The Speaker Series will feature panel discussions conducted by leaders and entrepreneurs in the art, music, film and television, media, tech and fashion industries. Speakers include Yandy Smith-Harris (VH1’s “Love and Hip-Hop”), Angela Simmons (“Celebrity Entrepreneur”), Carmen Perez (Justice League NYC) and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka. Attendees will have the opportunity to build their professional network, have fun and gain new insights.
Hip-hop’s up-and-coming talent will be on full display at the Unsigned Hype Competition. Credited for discovering artists such as Biggie Smalls, Eminem, Common and Kendrick Lamar, the Unsigned Hype Competition allows unsigned artists to battle it out for the opportunity to perform live on stage.
Go to www.thesource360.com for more information and a full schedule and to purchase tickets.