Friday October 13, 2023

4 Day Event

02:00 AM - 10:00 am

Oct 15, 2023 – 4:00 AM

THE BEAT – A Ring Shout and Community Freestyle Cypher with Toni Blackman

Emory University Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Theater Lab, 1700 N. Decatur Road

Join the cypher at Emory University with internationally renowned hip-hop artist Toni Blackman who will demonstrate how the cypher is a contemporary iteration of the Ring Shout. Audiences should come ready to participate in this call-and-response! For more info: PraiseHouseProject.org

Oct 16, 2023 – 2:00 AM

Hip Hop Saved My Life

Gallery 72, 72 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

As a culture, hip-hop is far more than the glitz and glamor that the media portrays. From block to block, the healing ways that hip-hop shows up in our lives can be overlooked. Hip-Hop Saved My Life offers hope for a better way. In a discussion moderated by Shanti Das, creator of Silence the Shame, b-boy King Quic, MC A.O.S., graffiti artist Antar Fierce, and community advocate Minister Server wax poetic about the ways that hip-hop allowed them to face their inner (and outer) turmoil with courage.

Oct 16, 2023 – 8:00 AM

The Atlanta Classic

MJQ Concourse, 736 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Whether you yeek or do the Bankhead bounce, wobble your head and rag top, or decide to walk it out, there’s one thing you cannot deny when it comes to Atlanta’s hip-hop: we know how to get our bodies moving. Come celebrate the last party of ELEVATE 2023 by doing what we do best in Atlanta: DANCE. With a soundtrack for the evening provided by DJ Toomp, DJ Kizzy Rock, DJ Sean Falyon, and Lady Marauder, we are going to celebrate every era of music that put Atlanta on the map. Hosted by 4-Ize.

Friday October 13, 2023

2:00 am - 10:00 am


Cover: TBD

Atlanta, elevate, ELEVATE: Roots, Hip Hop Saved My Life, RENAISSANCE, The Atlanta Classic, THE BEAT - A Ring Shout and Community Freestyle Cypher with Toni Blackman, Various venues