Past Event

The Hip Hop Project

A Reel Progress Screening

7:30 - 9:30 PM EDT

From Executive Producers Bruce Willis and Queen Latifah, The Hip Hop Project, winner of 13 film festival awards, is the compelling story of Kazi, a formerly homeless teenager who inspired a group of New York City teens to transform their life stories into powerful works of art, using hip hop as a vehicle for self-development and personal discovery.

Kazi challenges these young people to write music about real issues affecting their lives as they strive to overcome daunting obstacles to produce a collaborative album. Russell Simmons, hip hop mogul and long-time supporter of the project, partners with Bruce Willis to donate a recording studio to the The Hip Hop Project. After four years of collaboration, the group produces a powerful and thought-provoking CD filled with moving personal narratives and sharp social commentary. Frank Scheck of the Hollywood Reporter calls The Hip Hop Project an “inspirational… compelling, uplifting tale.”

Please join us for a provocative panel discussion and Q&A session immediately following the film.

Featured Panelists:
Robin “Kheperah” Kearse, Mentor and Educator, The Hip Hop Project
Chris “Kazi” Rolle, Founder and Star, The Hip Hop Project
Scott K. Rosenberg, Producer, The Hip Hop Project
Matt Ruskin, Director/Co-Cinematographer/Editor, The Hip Hop Project

Moderated by:
Melody Barnes, Executive Vice President for Policy, Center for American Progress