Monday, May 04, 2009

Brooklyn Hip-Hop Family Day returns

The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival is an annual event celebrating Hip Hop Culture and the borough of Brooklyn as a premier cultural destination. Now entering its fifth year, the BHF has become a staple of Summer in NYC.

This year Brooklyn Bodega and F.O.K.U.S. reunite to produce, Brooklyn Hip Hop Family Day. On June 20th, 2009, babies, toddlers, young teens and families are encouraged to head down to beautiful Empire Fulton Ferry State Park for an afternoon of Hip-Hop, community building, and fun.

Family Day will take the main stage from 12 p.m to 4 p.m. From 4p.m. to 8p.m. Family Day will move to the North Lawn of Empire Fulton Ferry State Park while the main performances round out the day.

Children, families, teenagers, and kids are all welcome all day to this all ages event.


Family Day will feature music, performances, demonstrations, and seminars from a host of organizations including Black Girls Rock, Metropolitan Hospital, The Beacon Program, The League of Young Voters, CityYear, Brooklyn Crescents Youth Lacrosse Team, and SohNup Industries NYC to name a few. More organizations will be confirmed as the event approaches.

The mission of Family Day is to provide positive and inspiring programming for an often forgotten demographic, what organizers call Hip-Hop Families.

Wes Jackson, Festival Executive Director and President of Brooklyn Bodega, "Now that Hip-Hop is over thirty years old there are Moms and Dads who grew up on Rakim and Slick Rick. 'My Melody' and 'Children's Story' are our classics. We were the original B-Boys and B-Girls. Now we are homeowners, car owners, taxpayers, business owners, and parents. We grew up with Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder as our soundtrack. Now, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul and Mary J. Blige are the songs my kids hear around the house. We are a Hip-Hop Family. What is happening to Hip-Hop now is what happened to Rock-N-Roll in the 80's. As the baby boomers aged, so did Rock N Roll culture and business. The same maturation is happening in Hip-Hop. Brooklyn Bodega, Family Day and the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, as a whole, is about ushering this new era. Family Day is our direct appeal to this growing segment of the Hip-Hop population."


Organizations interested in participating should contact John Davis at and visit


The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival and Brooklyn Hip-Hop Family Day will take place June 20th, from 12 noon - 8 p.m at Empire Fulton Ferry State Park located at the corner of Plymouth and Main Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

Performances on the Main Stage will include Pharoahe Monch, Styles P, Smif N Wessun, a live mixtape produced by J Period, the winner of the 'Show and Prove' competition and more. This year's Festival will also, for the first time, feature a second stage for local and up and coming artists.

Brooklyn Bodega is also in the midst of organizing several lead up events including a photo exhibit documenting and celebrating the first four years of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, a kickoff party, and the Official After Party at Southpaw.


Brooklyn Bodega are the creators and producers of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. They are a collective of cultural programmers, marketing professionals, writers, designers and academics dedicated to the celebration and preservation of Hip-Hop culture. Their daily musings can be found at

About F.O.K.U.S. F.O.K.U.S. is an organization with the mission of creating a diverse community using the arts as the common medium. We believe the arts enable people to rise above barriers in society and our events unite diverse audiences with various art forms. F.O.K.U.S. aims to bring together art forms, both "traditional" and "non-traditional", to support the concept that we need to expand our definition of what is considered art because art surrounds us as it is part of life.

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