Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Curators of Hip Hop Screening
with Post-film Panel and Finale Hip Hop Showcase with Skarr Akbar

WHEN: Saturday, October 4, 4-8 PM
WHERE: Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, 830 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore

A hip hop celebration during Free Fall Baltimore combines a screening of The Curators of Hip Hop, an official selection of the Pan African Film Festival 2014 with a post-film discussion with insiders from the local hip hop scene. The event crescendoes with a finale showcase headlined by Skarr Akbar, who has been called Best Male MC by City Paper.

The Curators of Hip Hop documentary chronicles the lives of five MCs whose stories demonstrate the power of dedication leading to endless possibilities. Starring celebrated artists Ahmad Lewis, Prie, Matt Reeves, Dee-1, and Logic, of Gaithersburg, MD, the documentary follows the lives of these five "dreamers" as they make it in the hip hop world. Through extensive interviews with the artists, the film verifies that the style isn't dead, or even close to it. Official selection of the Pan African Film Festival 2014.

A post-film panel discussion follows with insiders from the music industry. They offer their experience and expertise to the audience about the business. The panelists are filmmakers Jermaine Fletcher and Jimmie Thomas of Curators of Hip Hop; Kayenecha Daugherty of The Recording Academy Washington, D.C. Chapter; GG Ali of The Hass Project; Phinesse Demps of The Baltimore Times; Tiffanie Maye of House Studio; and MC Matt Reeves.

Musical performances follow by Chang Music from Love Peace Project, Skarr Akbar and newcomers Al Rogers, Karega Bailey and Martina Lynch.

Fletcher and Thomas have brought this program around the country and entitled it Renaissance. It is geared towards educating youth about hip hop culture by facilitating an area where artists can congregate and network.

"Aspiring musicians will have an opportunity to speak with insiders in their area who can offer insight on how to take their craft to the next level,"said Thomas. The showcase component are meant "to shine light on the talented artist we feel the public needs to see," said Thomas.

About Curators of Hip Hop (COHH)
COHH is an organization dedicated to connecting readers to true, universal Hip Hop by presenting all aspects of the culture from different cities, states and countries. COHH are the keepers of an online museum of auditory and visual stimulation. We are the constantly changing world of Hip Hop. We are the art, the culture, the politics, the fun, the honesty - the movement. Creativity meets Connectivity. The documentary Curators of Hip Hop was an official selection at the Pan African Film Festival 2014.

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture

About the Reginald F. Lewis Museum
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture is Baltimore's premier facility highlighting the history and accomplishments of African Americans with a special focus on Maryland's African American community. A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum is the East Coast's largest African American museum, occupying an 82,000 square-foot facility with ample permanent and special exhibition space, interactive learning environments, auditorium, resource center, oral history recording studio, museum shop, café, classrooms, meeting rooms, outside terrace and reception areas. The museum is located near Baltimore's Inner Harbor at the corner of Pratt and President Streets. The museum is also accessible on Baltimore's Charm City Circulator Orange and Green Routes. For more information, please call 443-263-1800 or visit